29 August 2019 – Shameful, my lack of attention to this page! So, here’s a quick remedy… an alphabetical listing of my Life Diary series… no, sorry… that should be a numeric listing, beginning with zero… for the introduction…

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 24 26 27 28 29 30

OK… there you have it! But… I had another urge… to list my 2019 Alternative April A to Z here too… this time in alphabetical order! Why the urge? Because many of the topics covered then speaks of me… and the way my mind sometimes works. So, I suppose it fits well with the About page…


The 2016 April A to Z had its moments. At first I wanted to dedicate a whole page to the topic but as I found while going along, quite a few of the posts turned out to be a little too personal, or maybe too autobiographical so, if ever you feel the urge to visit a few of those posts to see what I’m on about then here’s a quick link.

Beginning with A for anniversary… the B for birthdays…  C for cricket… man oh man, the list goes on…


Flip… just doing the links definitely confirms that just about every post has an element of biography attached…

10 Apr 2016 – The blog is forever evolving and I’m forever forgetting to add new content to this page, mostly because I post every day and keep you updated there. What has changed since the last update here? Out of work… again. Still writing… still looking for that perfect solution… to earn enough by way of writing so we can live and travel and write… and live and travel and write. You get the picture! As I always suggest when you visit this page… do scroll down a bit to read the Rules of Engagement here at OMBH…

03 May 2015 – Time for a revisit to this page… time for a bit of housekeeping and a return to basics. One of the very first aims of this blog was to promote my first novel, of which nothing really came. Now, with a bit more luck, I may well be standing on the verge of getting something published! I will keep you updated as events unfold!

November sunrise... special early bird promise!!

OK… back to basics, I’m moving the 10 rules back up here, because I feel like doing so! Before I do so, in July last year I mentioned a little grand lady on her way. Well she’s arrived in all her glory but believe it or not… she’ll be having a little pal near year’s end! More fun!! OK, here they are…

Rules of Engagement at OMBH:-

Disclaimer 1 – Life’s too short to be too serious about oneself… lighten up… enjoy the ride!

Disclaimer 2 – When the dedicated staff at OMBH take off on a rant the post is often written with a firm dollop of mirth or even a touch of lighthearted sarcasm thrown in… I apologise, we don’t intend to offend, just to stir the pot a tad! 

Disclaimer 3 – I’m prone to making spelling errors… blame it on the lisdexia! I’m occasionally finding even ‘spell check’ is letting me down… or I’m not using the system correctly… usually the editor in chief, she that must always be obeyed, points out the errors… days after I’ve posted something… please accept my apologies.

Disclaimer 4 – ‘Everyone is entitled to an opinion… but, you may only express it once you’ve earned the right to open your mouth in the company of others.’  As quipped by me is a previous post, click here to see what I was on about on that fun-filled day…

Disclaimer 5 – Remember, I’m not trying to wind you up… I’m merely trying to entertain… or maybe even enlighten.

Disclaimer 6 – I don’t take kindly to criticism… I believe it’s always based negatively… there’s no such thing as constructive criticism… that’s a bull, fallacious PC concept… my opinion… (refer to number 4)!

Disclaimer 7 – Not all doors are made for going through… some should be avoided… or at best only peeped through. Or… should that be at worst…? 

Disclaimer 8 – I waffle… I know… I’m proud of the fact and will attempt to master the art… something called ‘continuous improvement’ by the management classes – a principle to be admired when correctly applied.

Disclaimer 9 – All disclaimers are subject to terms and conditions which may change at any give point in time, depending on the mood of the main contributor at OMBH.

Disclaimer 10 – If, or when, in doubt… revert to Disclaimer 1 and work your way through again… and if necessary… again… FUN!!

22 Jul 2014 I do so neglect this page! Anyway, much has changed and not a lot has changed. I’m now the proud owner of a new Nikon D3300 and an old 170 – 500 zoom lens. Fun!!

Since the last post on this page a few more grand kids have arrived and there’s even one on the way… if you scroll down you’ll see GSA, the WWW and his brother GSK. Well, they’re hoping for a little sister and apparently that is so!

I’ll leave you with an image of where they now play… Ireland’s sunny south-east! Again, I’ll advise you to scroll down to acquaint yourself with the Rules of Engagement here at OMBH…

Clogga Cove beach... Arklow, Co Wicklow

27 Oct 2013 –  Mid Autumn… a time for magic? Well, judging by the effect these little beauties have on all who see (and chew) them then it must be so…

Fly Agaric (Amanita muscaria) http://www.irelandswildlife.com/fly-agaric-amanita-muscaria/

06 Jul 2013 – Time for an update… it’s midsummer in Ireland. A misnomer at the best of times but at this point, as I type away, the sun is shining and the weather prophets have actually predicted temperatures in the mid 20’s for the weekend. We’ll see, that we will.

OK… enough waffle. The point of today’s exercise is to remind you of the disclaimers below, especially number 3. Why? I’m using photos taken by the GLW more often these days, and why not? Her eye for detail and beauty is special… so, as from this weekend I’ll be doing a week’s run featuring just her good self’s photos!

The signs of high summer... bumble bee and foxglove...

01 Jan 2013 – This page is always undergoing changes… dependent on my mood swings. The ‘rules’ below are the direct result of a rather large dollop of banter going to my head on New Year’s Day… feel free to read more here…


Oct 2012 – 

There’s a bit of a reshuffle going on here at OMBH… I’m not too sure about the outcome of this page yet… so maybe I should stick one of those ‘under construction’ notices op. In the meantime… the info is still quite relevant… I’ve just removed some of the photos as they’s a tad dated. I’ll stick on a current favourite of mine!

August 2012 Update: –

I’m reminded of my own words after a very pleasant comment posted by a South African lady… so, as I’ve said I’d update the page… 😉

Life goes on… work, life and blogging take their toll. I’m also reminded of a pic I took not long ago of the very same little darling GSA in the same spot as lower down the page… doing his best ‘Kilroy’ impersonation. The little fellow had been outside playing in the puddles until the rain came down… again. He didn’t want us to clean his face… nor did we want to…

Jan 2012 Update: –

Life moves on… work is in the offing… yet, I’ll much prefer if  someone out there would offer a book deal… earning a living from writing would be a dream come true… hope springs eternal… so, if you’re a publisher, agent or editor in search of a new project… have a look at bits of my first novel (draft form) over at this link… if you feel the urge, please contact me or pass on the info to that person you know who may help ‘discover’ the new young thing of the future… 😉

16 Mar 11 – Life in the left lane… left behind, that is… I’m a not so young fella with all sorts of interests… I’ve wanted to do something like this for some time now, a friend pointed me in the direction of WordPress… great for the likes of me… unemployed, with the occasional urge to say something.

I have a novel completed and will supply the link to where it can be found… I love walking, when my sore back allows… and taking the odd photo… so, why not combine all these bits…

What’s the old story… ‘the sum of the parts is greater than the value of those individual components…’ to quote myself…

We shall endeavour to endeavour… at all times!


I’ll periodically update the profile to give visitors a better idea of what makes me tick… my loves and loathes… my likes and dislikes… what makes my ever decreasing hair blow back… you get the picture 😉

16 Jun 2011 – A quick reminder of the post about my personal profile…  it may enlighten you a little more 😛 … not that you would want to be enlightened!


Out and about… with the aid of my ‘Zimmer’

This little stretch along the Royal Canal, just to the west of the village of Enfield (Co Meath), is fast becoming a favourite of mine… it’s easy, flat walking… good going on the fragile back… with the aid of the ‘Zimmer’ I get along as if I were a young fella… 😉

23 Mar 11 – I’ve now mentioned the grandsons on a few occasions… so… to prevent further complication… KGS is the oldest in our brood… followed by two others before AGS came along. As my better half (and me) look after the lads they are most often spoken of… so… included today is a pic of them proudly posing in the ‘Zimmer’… the Sligo Inter City just visible in the background… trains… prams & teddy’s…

01 Apr 11 – GSA has been keeping me well entertained while I’ve been horizontal… I also add a pic of him peeping out of his snug cocoon on our last effort out with the ‘Zimmer’… all eyes!!

03 Apr 11 – Luckily the ‘Zimmer’ has full rain protection… GSK trying to pose for a ‘look through’ shot…

11 Apr 11 Out for our longest Sunday stroll, from Furey’s Pub all the way back to Enfield along the Royal Canal… junior son takes a rest while GSA looks at ‘oupa’ taking the photo…

16 Apr 11 – Them two having a mess…

The terrible twins… ‘Little Boy and Fat Man’ at it… again!! 😉

NOTE!! Thanks but no thanks… please don’t leave award nominations here!! I really do appreciate the though but I find it rather difficult to accept the (often undue) praise!

82 Responses to About…

  1. Arl's World says:

    Hello! Enjoyed looking through your blog. Great pics!
    Wishing you health, peace and love.

    Liked by 2 people

  2. krcc says:

    I’m glad I had stopped by. Like the folks above, I too find your blog and title intriguing. Love the nature photos in this page! They took my breath away! God’s blessings to you, friend.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Good morning
    I am a post-graduate student at UCD undertaking research into the experiences of work and the places of work of social media entrepreneurs. This is to gain an understanding of some of the challenges and ‘behind the scenes’ work that goes into working on social media platforms.
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  4. lizMc says:

    As often happens, I stumbled in here through some travel themed portal. Enjoyed the visit and your work. All the best to you.

    Liked by 3 people

  5. stavfree says:

    Really amazing blog! I’m totally inspired, good luck with all the great work you continue to do!

    Liked by 2 people

  6. Thom Hickey says:

    Always a treat for me to visit!

    Regards Thom

    Liked by 2 people

  7. Hendrik Duvenhage says:

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  8. voulaah says:

    thank you for sharing this beautiful page about
    Very beautiful blog
    I just discover your blog and I find that it’s very beautiful and with posts interessant
    I’m from Madagascar
    I follow your publications and I invite you to visit my blog: https://femmeetinfos.wordpress.com and follow mine too
    Waiting for you
    Best regards

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    • aj vosse says:

      Thank you for your kind comments! I do love having folk calling around from different countries and you are the first from Madagascar! I would love to visit your island one day… so, let’s hope! 😉

      On 21 March 2016 at 04:50, Ouch!! My back hurts!! wrote:


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  9. Nirodaigh says:

    Just took a quick peek to see what you were saying back at the start… lovely comments you’ve received, I think that’s one of the big surprises for me, how pleasant and enjoyable the blogging contact is. All well deserved too, what’s more. Ciao for now. Off to get a knee MRI done, oh the joys… the joys… eek.

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    • aj vosse says:

      Aaaahhh!! Thanks… you make my head swell and my face turn read!! Good luck with that knee!! You need it fixed for all the sporting activities!! Hehe… haha!! 😈

      On 7 December 2015 at 14:25, Ouch!! My back hurts!! wrote:


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      • Nirodaigh says:

        oh you bad man! 🙂 don’t I just, LOL!! These days my best effort is a slow, lazy wander around the neighbourhood AND making it to top of two flights of stairs without help. How the mighty can fall, haha… by the way, guess what my new screensaver is? happy bumble bee = ‘smiling me!!

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  10. blondieaka says:

    Well not sure how I arrived here but you made me 🙂 Love the photos and you sound very much like me , occassional rant but mostly rock “n” roll…..I love muddy puddles too..grandchild in tow with dad frowning in the background…my motto ..what are puddles for???? Have a nice day 🙂

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  11. Love the Kilroy photo with the mud freckles. Too precious. Makes me think of my boys at that age, and the number of times I bathed them and heaps of sand were left in the tub. LOL

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  12. de Wets Wild says:

    You’ve been tagged in the 5 Day Black-and-White Photo Challenge, AJ


    Please join in!


    Liked by 3 people

  13. john fields says:

    Apologise for not remembering your name but we spoke on bull island on Saturday.
    I hope you enjoyed the rugby even if the result went the wrong way.

    Regards john

    Liked by 3 people

    • aj vosse says:

      Hi John,

      Thanks for visiting the blog. I did enjoy the rugby, thank you and also enjoyed watching a sub-standard SA team get whipped!

      I found the Bull Island Birds site and sent the owner a mail. I noticed your name and photos there.

      Would you please also send on the name of the FB page you told me about?

      I may be down at the island again this Sunday… looking forward to more fun!

      Talk later, Vossie

      On 10 November 2014 18:46, Ouch!! My back hurts!! wrote:


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  14. Thom Hickey says:

    Delighted to have found your intelligent and warm blog. Looking forward to more visits. Regards from Thom at the immortal jukebox.

    Liked by 3 people

  15. Are those magic mushrooms or fairy toadstools? They look quite lethal.

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  16. hi, Aj, am extending sun’s rays over your blog if you’re wondering why here’s the link that would explain http://kintal.wordpress.com/2013/11/08/you-are-my-sunshine/ 🙂

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  17. redstuffdan says:

    Bonjour OMBH

    So where do l find that mythical ‘ Love it All ‘ Button – Thank you so much for sharing your lovely and vibrant stuff.



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  18. Uncle Spike says:

    So you decided to join the small clan of Uncle Spike followers…. That makes me a happy blogger now – I really appreciate you making that special mouse click.

    Hope you like my upcoming posts and if you get bored one day, maybe you’ll enjoy trawling through some of my older stuff too.

    If you have any likes, dislikes or suggestions about my blog, just let me know, either through ‘comments’ or via email. Always welcome reader input 🙂

    Have a great old day…


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  19. Diane C says:

    Hey AJ,
    In keeping with the community values of WordPress, I want to pass on the “I am Part of the WordPress Family Award” nomination that was so kindly passed on to me by Goldy @ http://goldyigal.wordpress.com/. You have moved me, made me laugh out loud and given me lots to think about. Thanks for your support. Keep blogging because I will keep reading!

    Liked by 2 people

    • aj vosse says:

      Hi Diane,

      Thanks soooo much!! Well, a young lad from California nominated me for this one some time ago… NOW I’d better do something about accepting the award!! Thanks for your kind words… it does make blogging rewarding when one gets comments and kind praise like this!!

      Anyway, you’d better keep blogging yourself!! You have taught me much about Canada and that little house 3/4 way up the hillside… where the wine is cheap and the food fantastic!! Long live blogging and the joy of the cyber interaction!! 😉

      PS – I promise I’ll do something about accepting this gift! 😛

      On 22 July 2013 09:07, Ouch!! My back hurts!!


  20. The Rider says:

    Thanks for the visit! I love your blog- that photo of the ship is awesome! Think I’ll tag along…

    Liked by 2 people

    • aj vosse says:

      Welcome Vos Perd!! Long time since I had another Vos along!! I hope you enjoy what I have to offer, a Saffer’s view in a foreign land!! By the way, one of my lifelong dreams would be to ride a Duke around SA!! 😉 Well, maybe I’m getting on a little now so it may have to be a Gold Wing or Harley…

      On 14 July 2013 14:21, Ouch!! My back hurts!!


  21. Hey there, OMBH. I dig your blog so much that I’ve nominated you for a Sunshine Award. 🙂 If you don’t accept it you won’t hurt my feelings; I just want you to know how much I appreciate your hard work and your warnings about reflections about the Dublin canals! 😉 http://beyondpaisley.net/2013/06/04/sunshine-award-me-awwww/

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  22. Thank you so much for dropping in on my site..and boy, am I glad you did. I’ve checked out a few of your posts and am very impressed. You are definitely a “must follow!” I look forward to reading more of your posts!

    Liked by 2 people

  23. adinparadise says:

    Great page, aj. I enjoyed reading about what makes you tick. 🙂 Sorry about your sore back. 😦

    Liked by 2 people

    • aj vosse says:

      Ta! The sore back is at times a bother but mostly a metaphor for my sorry existence!! 😉

      On 29 March 2013 18:02, Ouch!! My back hurts!!


  24. araneus1 says:

    That has to be one of the most entertaining ‘ABOUT’ pages I have come across!
    Thank you for the like, it’s most encouraging.


    Liked by 2 people

    • aj vosse says:

      Thank you in turn for commenting and visiting. I’ll be back to your site as well, that’s a promise! I enjoyed what I read so be sure I’ll call around again… and again… 😉

      On 24 March 2013 23:23, Ouch!! My back hurts!!


  25. Diane C says:

    I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award – congratulations! 


    I love your blog and you definitely deserve this award!

    Happy New Year!

    Liked by 2 people

    • aj vosse says:

      Thank you kindly!

      I am always thrilled when I get such high praise! A little embarrassed too… what do I do now?

      Wait for further nominations or who approves your nomination? Any way… thanks again, it really means something to me when folk think highly enough of me to re-blog or as in your case, give me more than a mention… nominate me for something as special as this!!

      Sorry I don’t call around to your blog more often… time!

      Cheers for now 😉


  26. andy fawcett says:

    When “Ouch my Back Hurts” appeared as a location next to my house on Google Maps, curiosity compelled me to engrose myself in your wonderful blog and lose all track of what it was I was actually doing in the first place! you have a true talent and the gift to inspire with your words which has brought cheer to my day as one of the best finds from all thats hidden on the internet there else. It was not expected to be here today starting off, but it turned out a very pleasant place to be ending up 🙂

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    • aj vosse says:

      Thank you Sir! Your words in turn humble yet inspire me! I was on the verge of stopping, even though I’m trying to get to 2 year’s consecutive days of posting (16 Mar 13) but when I get such positive comment it tells me I may still have a place in blog land!

      I am thrilled by the words you use… if I can help someone lose track of time and enjoy themselves then I am truly fortunate and blessed! My only hope is that you will return… I’m planning a few new themes to take along with me… as you may have noticed with the birth of Zach.

      We are also sitting on a (I hope) fantastic story of good will… something that may well help others get along just a little more easy!

      Thanks again! You’ve made more than my day… you’ve added to the already positive start to 2013!!


  27. Barbara says:

    Love the photo of the boat… What’s the story Rory?

    Liked by 2 people

  28. Thanks for all the tales and photos from Dublin – now only if we can figure out how to mail a pint of Guinness my way we’d be set. I have a little something for you: http://laavventura.wordpress.com/2012/11/12/the-reality-and-100-affidabile-reliable-blog-awards/#more-5677

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  29. annetjiesepoems says:

    I really enjoy reading your blog!

    Liked by 2 people

  30. Thea Jarvis says:

    Your blog is a “stumbled-upon” blessing. I was actually searching for informationon mohair spinning. Your photographic skills are amazing. When I first started reading, I thought you were a teenager. Read a bit further and thought “Oh no, not a teenager. Looks like a dad.” Read a bit further and discovered … a GRANDAD!!! Fabulous! You have such a young heart and humour. I’m hooked. Will be plodding through your past posts and following. Thanks. Hope you get that writing break. Warm regards, Thea

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    • aj vosse says:

      Hi Thea,

      Thank you for your fantastic words! You’v made my week! The blog started as something to keep my mind occupied during unemployment… it’s turned into a bit of a mirror of my life! Rather autobiographical at times but most often fun… something I’ve really come to treasure…


      PS – I have a cousin by the name of Thea…

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  31. Anonymous says:

    Wow, love the photo’s vossie – now get back to work!! Ax

    Liked by 2 people

    • aj vosse says:

      Hey Ax… thanks for the compliment… how about revealing your identity… as for getting back to work, I’m always at it! 😉 Only pity… the financial rewards are a bit shoddy… LIFE!! 😛


  32. Anonymous says:

    Cool website Matthew told me to check it out. Hope all is well.
    See you next month for a Braai at the posie.

    Keithley Burn (Bush)


  33. Enjoying your Blog, which came up accidentally!

    Liked by 1 person

    • aj vosse says:

      Thanks for that! Good to know ‘good’ accidents can happen… well, that can also be debatable… some say I waffle too much! Anyway, welcome… I hope you return… 😉


  34. Orel Engel says:

    Hello! I’m glad I dropped by your blog. Your writings bring happiness! I just have to read your posts titles to feel good :). I’d be happy to add you in my blogroll!!

    Liked by 2 people

  35. judithhb says:

    Dont know how I found you but I am glad I did.
    I have four strapping grandsons – older by far than yours – and they fill my life with delight. Enjoy yours as they grow.
    Judith 🙂

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    • aj vosse says:

      Welcome! Thank you kindly! I’ll try to enjoy them… even though they get a bit much for me at times! 😉 But then… so do the children! 😉


  36. Elvin says:

    Great site, Met you on the canal bank 2 weeks ago.

    Liked by 2 people

    • aj vosse says:

      Thanking you… welcome, I hope you return… I’m the inquisitive type… you want to fill me in a little more? Hope we meet again… 😉


  37. Ross Dix-Peek says:

    Cool website…Thanks for the link. Fantastic pics.

    Liked by 1 person

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