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19 May, 2014

Final #Nestwatch update

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Misc. life|Ottawa

We came home last night into a dark house. It was late, and I was tired, but it occurred to me that I wanted to see if our baby robins were ok. I’ve never looked into the nest at night before. I was wary of shining a flashlight on the chicks at a vulnerable time […]

09 May, 2014

Wishing you a Happy Mother’s Day weekend …

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Ottawa

… especially to all those hardworking mama’s who can’t stop and take a break. :) Share the post “Wishing you a Happy Mother’s Day weekend …” FacebookTwitterGoogle+PinterestLinkedInE-mailReddit

We have a winner! Thank you everyone for your entries, and thanks as well to Mrs. Tiggy Winkle’s for hosting this sweet spring giveaway! Surely I’m not the only person in Ottawa who can’t wait for spring to finally get here. I want sun! And green grass! And warm breezes! I do sense some impatience […]

03 Apr, 2013

Will they eat it: The Easter Ham Leftovers Edition

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Recipes and Food

We had The Most Excellent Ham last weekend. It was the final nail in the coffin for those spongy football-shaped packages of meat one normally finds at the grocery store. This ham was from a Richmond-area butcher shop called Christopher’s Meat Market. It didn’t require a lot of fixin’ up. Mark mixed up a quick […]

02 Apr, 2013

Growing things part 2, the backyard

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Home/reno

Yesterday I posted a few photos of things that are sprouting around here at Casa Fishbowl. Today I’m thinking a bit beyond that. I’m thinking ahead to the garden. It wasn’t until after I read The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin that I realized that I didn’t like gardening and that I had been fooling myself […]


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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 offspring: Emma (23) and Sarah (21). 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, travel, great gear, good food, and sharing the best of Ottawa. I also love vegetables, photography, gadgets, and great design.

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