a peek inside the fishbowl

25 Feb, 2008

Wintry outings of the best kind

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

White-breasted nuthatch

As I was just telling BeachMama in the comments of the previous post, Ottawa is a wonderful kid-friendly place to be. Lucky for us huh? There is stuff to do all year round. Outdoor adventures are my favourite kind. On Sunday we hiked along one of the lesser-used Stony Swamp trails and fed the birds.

I know, I know. I write about this all the time. I can’t help myself. It’s just.so.fun.

A few highlights from Sunday:

– mystery poop! What kid (and, um, adult?) isn’t intrigued by mystery poop? This is all part of our larger goal to educate our kids about wildlife… identifying footprints, looking out for nibbled branches etc. Finding poop, well, that’s just plain excrement excitement. You may dare to look at the photo. If you know what animal left it there, do do let us know. *snicker*

– an unexpected resident. Sarah thought he might have walked there all by himself. 

– the birds are brave little dudes

You can view the rest of the pics in slideshow format here.

2 Responses to "Wintry outings of the best kind"

1 | mark

February 25th, 2008 at 1:35 pm


Poop identified. It’s from a porcupine.

2 | M. Lucy Smith

March 1st, 2008 at 3:43 pm


My son got a book for Christmas that describes a similar mystery, called, The Story of the Little Mole who knew it was None of his Business, by Werner Holzwarth and Wolf Erlbruch.

It’s actually very cute. Check it out: http://www.amazon.ca/story-little-mole-knew-business/dp/1551920204/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1204404144&sr=8-1

comment form:


Stay in touch

Me and my pet projects

Ottawa Bucket list

Subscribe via email

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

  • a peek inside the fishbowl » Blog Archive Surface tension - a peek inside the fishbowl: […] book, and watched avian-related antics in the backyard. I will say once again for the record that expanding our bird feeder set up was one o
  • andrea tomkins: I'm happy to hear! Thank you for letting me know Inge. :) Merry Christmas to you!
  • Inge: Our family still uses our Advent Envelopes inspired by you! I think we are going on twelve years now. Thank you for the inspiration! Merry Christmas!
  • Mort: I'm usually very good but was gripped with mild panic at the drug store Saturday when I suddenly realized I'd forgotten my mask. Normally there's a ba
  • Michael: You could mix up all your ingredients and form the dough, cover the put it in the fridge. This will cause the dough to perform a slow rise, so if done
  • Sally Dowe Marchand: Wow. Well done. I too have done something as absent-minded as walking into a store and taking my mask off. Inside right so remove it. I immediately re
  • sassygirl: i like hearing your voice on the browser version. it’s well done! (:

The Obligatory Blurb

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.

If you'd like to contact me, please use this form. If you're so inclined, you can read more about me here. Thank you for visiting!


Connect with me at these places too!

On the nightstand

All hail the mighty Twitter