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22 May, 2022

My sort-of-secret daily photo project is done

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Photography

I wrote the bulk of this blog post over a year ago, in April 2021, about two weeks into a 365/daily selfie project. What follows below what I wrote back then, with the inserted occasional reflection from April/May 2022. I’m not sure why it’s taken me this long to sort out my thoughts and hit the publish button on this. […]

I picked up a selfie stick at Mrs. Tiggy Winkle’s before Christmas. Maybe you got one in your stocking this year, or know someone who did? Selfie sticks have been a hot item but they’ve also been getting a lot of flak. They’ve been banned from many places already – museums, roller coasters and zoos for […]

31 Aug, 2015

Camp Weekend

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Photography|Publishing/writing/career stuff

We are back from a working weekend in the wilderness of Temagami. It was a gig which encompassed two of the things I love to do: visiting beautiful places and talking to interesting people. Have you ever been up there, north of North Bay? It’s good for soul. Share the post “Camp Weekend” FacebookTwitterGoogle+PinterestLinkedInE-mailReddit

26 Jul, 2015

Summer sights

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Easy ways to make kids happy|Photography

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I will be writing more about our lovely weekend away soon. In the meantime I will say this: if you’re looking for a place to relax and disconnect and isn’t far from Ottawa, THIS IS IT. – One of my favourite features in Capital Parent Newspaper is my Editor’s Faves column. Basically, I pick three things I […]


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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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