The Rice Field Project Part 19 : A minor set-back and a step forward

As part of Living in Thailand, the Rice Field Project follows our journey of buying land and preparing it for building our house. This is part 19, to read the other parts click Rice Field Project.

A minor set-back, at least probably financially, in our Rice Field Project. As the name states the land is in between rice-fields. So yes almost all around our plot of land are rice-fields. Only at the front-side is the road and at one part is a small kind of farm. The rest is all rice-fields and they are now full of water. Most of that rice-fields are lower as our land, except at the top side of our land. There the water-level as it is now is about 40cm higher as our land. Of course there is a kind of earth wall between our land and that of the rice-fields. And as I am from a country famous for dykes I made that earth wall a bit higher and much wider. And I call it our Dutch dyke. So the top of this dyke is about 20cm above the max. water level. And the dyke is between 1m and 1.50m wide. No problem you would say? Well I thought that also, but the neighbouring farmers had other ideas.

They had told me "You should make a wall". And I thought "For what? That dyke is not going to break." That would about 28m of wall! And I was right that dyke is not going to break. But they were also right. That water is going thru the dyke. It is now about 12 days that the rice-field next to us is filled with water and yesterday when walking over our land I thought "That is weird, it looks like that the top part of the land is wet." And I walked to the dyke that did feel more as wet, muddy to be more precisely. So yes there must be made something to stop the water from going thru the dyke. But what? Make a low wall that sticks about 30 to 40cm (or more) into the dyke? Or stick steel plates about 50cm into the dyke? I will have a look around to find land plots in the same situation.

Luckily at another part we are making progress. You might remember we did find a second architect but he did not have time the next 2 months to even start designing. So we looked for a third architect and did find a guy who has a small building company and he works together with a young female architect. And she came up with some new refreshing ideas. So tomorrow we will have a meeting again.

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