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14 Jun, 2017

SUMMMERRRRRR

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Ottawa

My goodness, isn’t the weather simply amazing right now? Things I am excited about: The clover seed I planted in some bare patches in the lawn is growing. My hostas are practically exploding out of their flowerbeds. PEONIES! An amazing gelato place has opened up near our place. We’ve been twice now, including once as […]

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I really like bees. I don’t know where it comes from, but I think bees are pretty cool and deserve a little bit of love. I’ve always wanted to try my hand at beekeeping but, sadly, that’s not going to happen here in Westboro. We CAN, however, do the next best thing: 1) Plant bee-friendly […]

04 Aug, 2015

Camping at Achray, Algonquin Park part 1

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: travel talk

We’ve been camping every summer since the girls were toddlers. I was REALLY looking forward to going this year, more so than usual. Maybe it’s work stress or too much time in front of the computer, or that long winter we had, but I couldn’t wait to pack up and skip town. When I think about […]


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My name is Andrea and I live in the Westboro area of Ottawa with my husband Mark and our two daughters Emma (18) and Sarah (16). I am the managing editor of our community newspaper, the Kitchissippi Times. I am a longtime Ottawa blogger, and I've occupied this little corner of the WWW since 1999... which makes me either a total dinosaur or a veteran, I'm not sure which! 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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