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09 Jun, 2021

Strange things, familiar things

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: - Westboro|Misc. life

The other day I wandered down to Westboro to pick up a loaf of bread from Mamie Clafoutis. I can’t express to you how happy that made me — the mere act of walking down the street on a sunny day to buy something so simple and lovely as a fresh loaf of bread put a smile on […]

In my previous post I wrote about the second wave and what we’re doing to get ready for it. This past summer I’m sure you heard about the global shortages of inflatable pools, kayaks, and bicycles. I think we’re now looking at shortages of skis, snowshoes, and wool socks as people get ready for a […]

05 Sep, 2020

With apologies to John Ceprano

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Ottawa

As much as I admire the rock sculptures made by John Ceprano near Remic Rapids, I am disappointed every time I bike by and see his work cordoned off with security tape. I can’t remember when this started. I just remember going there one year, and there it was. Suddenly, every year after that, the public was not allowed in […]

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20 Aug, 2020

my pandemic birthday

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Misc. life|Oh! Things!|Ottawa|Recipes and Food

I’m officially 48. My mantra this year is “48 is great.” Because it is. I feel… taller somehow. I realized that for me, having a birthday during a global pandemic is almost the same as having a non-pandemic birthday. My perfect birthday essentially involves sharing good food with the ones I love, and I’m pleased […]

14 Aug, 2020

Destination: Carlington Hill

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: - Ottawa for kids|Misc. life|Ottawa

If you follow me on Instagram you probably saw this post: I try to get in 5K worth of walking every day. I do this by: – going to bed at a reasonable time the night before – setting my alarm – putting out my clothes the night before (sports bra, top, shorts, etc.) I […]


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  • Sally Dowe Marchand: Thanks for sharing your camping adventures. It looks so beautiful and peaceful.
  • a peek inside the fishbowl » Blog Archive Camping 2021: Two great trails at Achray Campground - a peek inside the fishbowl: […] couple of my all-time favourite hiking trails are at Achray. In a previous post I briefly mentioned High Falls. You can canoe in to High Fa
  • MaryAnn: Bravo and good for you to get out. It is very weird and fun going to places. I get and like your observation that we should just treat going out like
  • andrea tomkins: That's a great idea! I do that too sometimes, but it takes awhile to come back to room temperature so I have to factor in a few hours for that... :)
  • Elizabeth Peters: I make it a day ahead and refrigerate. This way I can pull it out after work and let it come to room temperature.
  • Elizabeth Peters: This has been my go to recipe since I discovered it back in 2013! Sometimes if I'm feeling fancy, I'll add seasoning to the dough!
  • Wanda: Thank you for sharing your inner dialogue. I must admit that I have become nervous about social interaction. It is an awful realization because I alwa

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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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