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22 Nov, 2006

Last call

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Easy ways to make kids happy|Photography


When Emma was born her great aunt Joan and great uncle Sam gave her a rose bush. We planted it near the back steps. She adores it, and always has. She has never forgotten that it’s her personal rose bush.

Yesterday, Emma’s rose was the last flower standing. I love this small, bright drop among the sea of brown and grey.

This morning we woke to a silvery frost-covered lawn. And the rose … she’s still hanging on.

3 Responses to "Last call"

1 | Zhenia

November 22nd, 2006 at 12:39 pm


Beautiful. It reminds me of the hot peppers currently sticking it out in our backyard.

2 | CC

November 23rd, 2006 at 2:49 pm


how lovely.
i want to thank you for inspiring me.
i have always documented the typical events many parents document like birthdays, the first day of school, whatever.
you seem to also ‘record’ the little things in your lives that really mean the most (in my opinion). they are the things that we most often forget yet i think they are the most special things…i want to try harder to ‘stop and smell the roses’ sorry to be cheesy, i’m sick with some type of head cold that clearly is making it impossible for me to think straight!!!!

3 | cinnamon gurl

November 25th, 2006 at 5:28 pm


ooh… I’m not normally a big fan of roses (mostly because they’re all bloom and no foliage) but I have really been noticing the hardy ones still holding on. One even had a brand new bud on it…. madness! How great that your crazy bloomer is so special!

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My name is Andrea and I live in the Westboro area of Ottawa with my husband Mark and our dog Piper who is kind of a big deal on Instagram. We also have two human daughters: Emma (20) and Sarah (18). During the day I work as a writer at The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre. I am a longtime Ottawa blogger and I've occupied this little corner of the WWW since 1999. The Fishbowl is my whiteboard, water cooler, and journal, all rolled into one. I'm passionate about healthy living, arts and culture, family travel, great gear, good food, and sharing the best of Ottawa for families. I also love vegetables, photography, gadgets, and great design.

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