30 October 2010

Fraser and Finley Wishart

It’s been a whirl wind of a couple of weeks in the Wishart household. Just as I was about to finish off my last two canvases and hang up my apron for a few months of well deserved maternity leave it seems the little boys had other ideas! Relaxation, cuppas and cakes, converting the garage and preparing the nursery were my plans until the boy’s arrival in January.......... but plans changed very quickly when I went into premature labour two weeks ago.
Unprepared without a hospital bag or any pre-natal classes under our belts Ross and I speeded to the RVI where the boys were born on Sunday 17th October 2010. Fraser John (1lb 11) was born at 5.22am and Finley David (1lb14) was born 6.11am.  Born prematurely at 26 weeks they were the smallest babies I had ever seen. The boys were whisked away by a team of 6 docs & nurses from the Special Care Baby Unit where the boys are being cared for now.
     Finley Wishart
    Fraser Wishart
It’s been a rollercoaster of elation at becoming parents to the fear of losing them on a daily basis. The boys need intensive care and will do for some time. Ross is being fabulous in keeping the business running while still managing to visit the boys and I at the hospital. I am currently working my way through the cake menu at Costa Coffee in the hospital, but I am guessing it’s going to take a lot of cake and chocolate to see me through the coming months!
Thanks to all our fabulous friends and family for their cards, wishes and support we really appreciate it xxxxxxxxx

10 October 2010

Fun at the Fair!

Phew! We survived! Another hectic weekend spent at the NewcastleGateshead Art Fair.
Hello there. My name is Katie and, as Joanne already mentioned, I will be helping the Wishart enterprise with anything from art fairs to marketing. I’m studying Art History at Newcastle University at the moment, with an aspiration to work in the arts. Art journalism is a great interest of mine, so don’t be surprised if I keep making an appearance in Joanne’s blog!
I was set to work on Thursday night to help out with the preview night of the ever popular NewcastleGateshead Art Fair. The night was a big success. A full turn out of art lovers and a great atmosphere in the air. Drinks were flowing and art was selling. Ross and Joanne were busy all night chatting to those who were interested in their art which was being displayed by the Design Room Gallery from Wooler. I had the much more relaxing task of wandering the rest of galleries to see what other people had to offer. There was definitely a great mix this year and such a showcase of all the fantastic art from local talents. From the traditional, much loved hare sculptures to the more eccentric work of the up and coming artists, the place was brimming with exciting pieces. It was also a nice touch to wander the venue with a man playing the violin following close behind! Definitely a first for me!

photograph of the Design Rooms stand at the NG Art Fair. Article written by Katie Hughes.