As I write this, I’m in our kitchen in Chiang Mai – our full kitchen complete with table for four, 2 burner [camping] stove, cabinets, fridge, even a kitchen sink…and a magical frog. The frog is magical because he has teleporting abilities or is in league with about 10 others. We’ve been here for one week and James has moved the frog to the backyard on three separate occasions but it always reappears.
Granted, we are the end unit of our complex so in theory the frog would just need to hop around the back of our apartment. That is, after it sprouted wings to get over the 10 foot high wall and thus my belief in its teleporting abilities. Just last night James moved the frog to the back and I found him in his usual spot, in the water bottles.
The owners we are renting from had warned us of the frog appearing. They said that they would move him to the end of the block and he would always return. So we thought we’d enclose him in the backyard but no, he’s an indoor frog apparently. Were I an evil scientist, I would tag him to see how he does it.
But perhaps this post shouldn’t be entirely about that frog, so I’ll talk of others. Our backyard is filled with plants and a pond (with tiny fishes) so it supports many curious little frogs, lots of geckos and last night the mother of all geckos, about a foot in length and thick.
All of our tiny neighbors, which includes 2 rats, were out for the buffet we’d provided by turning on the outdoor lamp. Yesterday we had a drenching rain and this seems to signal swarms of four wing bugs that are apparently termites (huge termites!). We watched as our backyard sprang to life feasting on these insects.
A Thai friend said her mom used to set out a bucket to collect them (for eating) and an accidental bucket that was left outside was soon filled with the bugs who’d dropped in and couldn’t get out. They littered the floor in the backyard and were soon dined on by the small rats and tiny frogs, while the geckos snatched them out of the air whenever they flew too close to them. It was a sight.
We’d previously been introduced to the bugs when we’d gone out for a night walk. We went into 7-11 for bug spray and had to pass through a swarm that were dancing under the light. It was not my favorite moment as they are terrible flyers and hit my face and head as we walked in.
Chiang Mai is definitely connecting us more with nature. Penang gave us a view of beautiful mountains and water, whereas Chiang Mai is putting us in the heart of it and we are loving it. The constant rain leaves the air smelling fresh with all of the different flowers and plants that are thriving here.
We are outside of the city so it is more common for us to hear geckos and frogs than trucks or motorbikes. We can certainly hear those too but the nature is more fun to focus on and more strange. I believe the teleporting frog makes a clacking noise and one of our tiny neighbors makes a noise like a howl, although it is a poor way to describe it. If I ever can catch it on tape, I’ll post it! I must find out what makes this noise!
So we are happily transitioning into this time in nature, with the beautiful blue sky peeking out behind the heavy rain clouds, and the weird new nature sounds lulling us to sleep.
Poll time – should we kick out the frog again or let him be our indoor frog?
More nature pictures –
Other pictures from our short time in Chiang Mai –
P.S. We are renting from ‘Got Passport Family’ who wrote about their home here and provides more pictures of our new home: