I really enjoy following this thread many thanks, my hope is you do another. I had to laugh out aloud on occasion as I too also have a Thai wife and yes they can make great partners to be sure it you are as lucky as you have been and I am, I do however know a few that are nightmares. I too have built a house, this one being just outside of Sukhothai ready for my retirement mid-2020. I just love this relatively simple life and the people you get to share it with in this country, the big cities are however another story, at 53 I am mostly past all the hassle. I am riding up your way just before Christmas if you are around I would appreciate the opportunity to meet for a beer if you have time. Your knowledge of Thailand and the expat thing would be interesting and very useful. Either way, keep up the good work, looking forward to seeing how the new farm turns out, every day in Thailand has its own story I know when building. Be good my friend and thank you for sharing. There are my bikes and the house although its finished now. I hope to hear from you. O I am British but try not to hold that against me. .