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23 Jan, 2015

Photographic gratitude

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Misc. life

Remember the big poster I made out of 200 of my favourite Instagram photos? I look at it every day and still love it to smithereens. I find something new in it all of the time. It’s a permanent reminder of the ordinary beauty around us. I guess that’s ultimately what my Instagram account is all about, and in a sense, this blog too.

These are a few things that made me happy this week:

Sleeping dogs. They are like miniature radiators. To have one curled up on the couch next to you is a gift unlike any other:

Let sleeping dogs lie

Sunsets. Don’t they just make you happy to be alive to see them?

Sunset looking east from Tunney's Pasture

Cultural artifacts. These three photos are from the Empress of Ireland, an exhibit that’s at the Museum of History (a.k.a The Civ) right now. Aren’t we lucky to have such great storytelling that is so easily accessible? History comes alive here.

From the Empress of Ireland, currently at the Museum of History

From the Empress of Ireland, currently at the Museum of History

Museum of History

Greenery. My mom gave me this poinsettia two Christmases ago and – AGAINST ALL ODDS – it’s still alive, and actually doing well. It’s a very pretty little splash of colour on our windowsill.

They're alive! Alive!

Happy Friday!

2 Responses to "Photographic gratitude"

1 | valerie

January 24th, 2015 at 7:52 am


wow, I’ve never seen a poinsettia last longer than a month!

2 | andrea tomkins

January 25th, 2015 at 8:51 am


I know! I just keep watering it and it seems to be doing fine. This was was a late bloomer this season. The red leaves started coming out a little after Christmas.

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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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