living in the ‘Land of Smiles’

Chiang Mai, Thailand

Bangkok – Ploughing Ceremony


Ancient royal ploghing ceremony predicts abundant food, proper amount of water


May 11 (TNA) – Thailand’s traditional soothsayers predicted an abundance of food production in the kingdom during the coming year, and a proper supply of water — with plentiful rice yields – after divining the signs indicated in the royal ploughing ceremony, marking the beginning of the planting season on Monday.
The ceremony was presided over by His Royal Highness Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn, represented His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
Permanent Secretary for Agriculture and Cooperatives Charanthada Kannasuta, who served in the Brahman ceremony from ancient India as the Lord of the Plough, was offered three pieces of folded cloth of different lengths and he selected one of medium length. Based on his selection, proper water supply, with plentiful food and rice were predicted.
The sacred oxen, Fah and Sai, ate grass and sesame seeds and the Brahmin seers accordingly interpreted the actions as meaning there will be an abundance of food and average water supply in the kingdom of Thailand during the coming year.

truly is, AMAZING Thailand!


Photo: I believe that is Fah on the left, and Sai on the right; although it could be Sai on the left, …


My Buffalo is named William”


May 13, 2009 Posted by | gardening | , , | Leave a comment

My Buffalo is named William


I’ve always had a, life-long, un-fulfilled, passion for farming.

It’s no longer un-fulfilled.

I recently leased a lot near my apartment, and will be growing ‘Jasmine Rice’.

In addition to “tot’n that barge, and lift’n that bale”, William will be work’n the birthday party circuit (kiddie rides).


May 7, 2009 Posted by | gardening | , , , | 4 Comments