Finally we will be able to move back home this weekend and we will be operating the Elephantstay program from Monday 15 November. Elephantstay elephants have returned to the village as have the mothers and babies to the nursery. It has been a difficult time and we really appreciate all of you who have sent kind words of encouragement and generously donated.
Thank you in particular to Sarah, Belynda, Yvette and Sarah (UK) for spear heading fundraising efforts. We could not have done it ourselves and so we and the elephants are grateful for all you have done.
The farm where we grow food for the elephants also suffered severe flooding and it will take over a year to start producing food there again and so we are forced into buying food for the elephants everyday which comes to around 20,000 baht everyday. So all donations are going to help to buy food for the elephants.
Thank you again and we and our elephants hope to see you soon!
18 October 2010
Boonlua was not impressed about leaving his home
We did not think the water was going to ger much higher ...
But it did.
29 October 2010
impossible to walk through now
have to go in by boat
would you believe the elephants used to sleep here
it is a river now, not a road
this will be the elephants sleeping place again when the water goes
the sala where so many of you have sat and watched the elephants and village life
the water is really deep
the spirit house was built up high for a reason
the spirit house
Pi Oms old house will no longer be liveable it was a dump before anyway and now.......
Gik's house that is really going to be ugly to come back to
the Elephantstay team hut and bungalows, yes the water is that high!!!!
the bungalows were cleverly built up high
Elephant painting school
BoonLot insisted on following us
BoonLot and the big concrete fish tank dont know what will be left in there
the water got into the volunteer huts which is a bummer
Gik's pussy was being fed by people going in on a boat
The statues in front of the local primary school on the road just before the Royal Elephant Kraal is also affected,
2 November 2010
The following photos were taken at the field down the road where most of the elephants have gone. There is water and the elephants are destroying as much vegetation as possible. The mahouts quarters are less than ideal.
loading up the car with food bought over the last couple of days
Mama Noodles for Porn at the Elephant Kraal, he is helping with the mothers and babies and Nampet and her boy
Sinuwan munching on a tree
although 2 storey the stairs are long gone
The house has no doors or windows
lucky we brought some food as this would not have been very filling, and yes it was food!
Plai Wang is staying right outside the house
Pi Peng having a midday snooze with his puppy
Pi Peng takes a snooze
View from the house
what a dump!
A kind person at the market donated some cucumbers so we gave them to Pup Pheung as she is not very well
not the most picturesque place
Mai and Peer and Noppakhao and Pat on their way
Gik and Tar making food
Sai making some chilli
Tar making som tam
Home away from home
Leilai and her mahout having a snooze
there is little obstruction to the view from anywhere in the house, practical but not a pleasant place to stay
View from the window
Gatin going to the river, she is fat which is good
Gik making food
Keo eating standing up
The birds have come as well
elephants and cows
Enjoying the food Gik made and a beer
this place really is a dump!
Pisamy on her way to the river
she is fat!
dont have to worry about her
Rasamee looks good too
Noppakhao is in front of the quarry
Peer and Rasamee
Still enjoying a drink and food
It was actually tasty
well at least it is not raining