Anne is our Mk1 Transit and our continually evolving MPV project. We want her to be a combination of a workhorse, a camper van, a mobile office and a giant picnic hamper. To this end we are continually adding more bits of plywood to her to increase her flexibility. We’d be up for looking at other multi-purpose vehicles. . .
Inspired by classic Radio Flyer our ‘PLYer’
(see what we did there . . .) is simultaneously a festival cart, wheel barrow, mobile dinning table
and TV stand. We have big plans for the Mk2.
I think we knew at the time that The Kings Head was bought with our hearts, not our heads. It’s fair to say for me it was love at first sight. Claire took a while longer . . . Having failed to sell at auction twice, after the nightclubs closed, and falling rapidly into dereliction we used every penny we had to ‘rescue’ her. So we now have approximately 10,000 sqft of Listed Northumbrian nightclub as a family home, office and 20 year restoration plan. I’m not sure we will ever finish her. Our friends have described The Kings Head variously as (romantically) a Berlin Squat and (less romantically) a sh*thole, but we love her.
So far we have reduced the bucket count from 13 to 5. We will have a party if we ever get to 0. Our approach to living with leaks has been to see them as some kind of musical art installation. So we have an assortment of matching red buckets of appropriate sizes we use to capture the leaks. And we are trying to appreciate the sound of varied sized drips of varying frequencies as some kind of ambient soundtrack.
Our plan, such as it is, is to live on the top two floors, have the EDable studio and PLYable workshop at the rear, and give the ground floor bars over to some kind of business or community use. It feels strange living in what was once the heart of a community and we would like to make at least some of it a different form of ‘public’ house. The nightlife of Blyth (as with many towns) is continually shifting and evolving and currently has moved to the other side of town away from the waterfront. With new initiatives in the town and new development on the quayside we’re hoping new uses may emerge for The Kings Head. In the meantime she continues to charm us with a wide variety of opportunities and challenges.
When we first moved into The Kings Head there were a number of pigeons resident in our loft. In ‘fixing’ the roof we made them homeless and felt bad about this. So we built them what we have called Pigeon Holes. So far they have not embraced them. I’m told by people who know, that they need to be left a while before the pigeons will accept them. . . Will keep you posted.