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Time Bandits

Somewhere deep in the Bermuda triangle lies the weeks in between collecting the van and this very second. We say it every single year and yet still it always seems to be a surprise, Christmas happened way to quick. So what news do we have about the Last Word Vintage Caravan Bar?

 

stripped out 1950's bounty caravan part of the vintage caravan bar conversion
Blank canvas-empty 1950’s Eccles Bounty Caravan

We have been so eager to get started on our vintage caravan bar conversion that all the excitement of collecting out little caravan may have clouded our judgement in how quickly we could get things moving. We have spent a hell of a lot of time making lists, planning and even more time thinking about the project but very little time doing the physical work. It all counts and without the former the latter would be a logistical nightmare so it’s nothing to grumble about. Its delayed but finally work begins on our  little dream.
The junk has been emptied and the insides stripped to show a lovely looking fresh canvas. I love this part already, to others it may not look like much but to me it’s a blank canvas which means something wonderful. It signifies a new beginning a change and the first step on the road to somewhere dreamy. It means it’s really our’s to do with as we please and to make it exactly what we want, and what we want is a  Vintage Caravan Bar!!

 

vintage sparrow silver plated bird bottle opener
Vintage Sparrow silver plated bottle opener gifted to us for the bar

Its early days but already I can’t believe the response we have had. Who knew the world was full of so many kind people. From the customers in the pub bringing us their vintage bottle openers to the sales assistants in our local caravan supplier warehouse taking the time to make us a list of contacts. All strangers and all wonderful. Without each of them we wouldn’t enjoy the project half as much and wouldn’t have the passion we do.

Don’t get me wrong we have worked flat-out but much of what we have done doesn’t exist in the physical form and can’t be shown off with beautiful and engaging picture’s, there goes my social media content! I wish we had more to show for the time that’s passed since our first Tweet but the truth is we don’t but what it has given us is plenty to talk about and plenty of lessons learnt……..

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Preparation Days – Social Media

Well its been a busy old time at The Last Word Bar HQ. Who would have thought we would have so much to do and would learn so much along the way. Our caravan bar project has already been far more interesting than we could have imagined. 

A caravan bar project stretches muscles…

…you didn’t know you had! From social media networking to removing concrete boulders it’s all been happening and I can’t sleep because of the excitement. 
Before now I had considered myself pretty hot at the social media networking thing, I have set up many Facebook pages over the years selling a range of products and promoting various businesses, in this time I have learnt a good few tricks along the way. I’ve used Twitter and Instagram for personal use and I am pretty down with the kids when it comes to #hashtags but wow have I had my eyes opened to the possibilities and power of social media.

Twitter is AMAZING the wide variety of people, businesses and bloggers you can connect with in an instant is out of this world. I’ve found caravan bar project articles and advice from outlets I had never heard of. Discovered up and coming companies that I would never have found. Seen the most beautiful places, learnt of new cocktails, developments in the world of sustainable living and technology that would just not have been on my radar. I have actually read articles from start to finish written by a whole range of people from professionals to stay at home dads. If you are not yet a Twitter user you need to start now!. I’ve always been a Facebook lover but WOWZER I am a Tweeter for sure. 

Instagram. I have had the least experience with Instagram. I didn’t understand how people could connect over photos alone. Proof that I am stupid. After all a picture tells a thousand words. We gravitate to things that look nice, that are eye-catching and our responses to pictures and photos are often emotional and far more real than any words can describe. They invoke our imagination and captivate our minds. 
I had over complicated what it was about and assumed it was more difficult than it was. It’s all in the #hashtags. It’s the hashtag that connects you with millions of people around the world who share the same interests (or Hashtag). It’s probably the easiest platform to grow your business on.

Facebook has ironically become my kryptonite. I was most confident with this, but it’s slowly become the most complicated labor intensive task of all. I am still a massive fan but its been hard work these last few days. I am still learning how to connect with those who might be interested in our story and our business, I have relied heavily on friends and family to promote our caravan bar project pages and its name. They do and I love them for it but Facebook is a different species to Twitter and Instagram. It is what it says on the tin, a ‘social network’. Those who use it are largely interested in talking to friends, buying items on selling pages, keeping an eye on local events and a few who are looking for their 15 minutes of fame. It’s brilliant for this, and it has vast power but its a power I am finding hard to tap into. The likes are slow and the engagement low. I have read all sorts about how to grow your business on Facebook from attaching Ebooks to your page to pop up boxes neither of which I can work out how to do!
I do think that our footprint here will grow once we have more to show of our project, but I am keen and inpatient, I want results and i am getting them elsewhere so its frustrating. Practice will make perfect and I will get it I am sure but for now Twitter and Instagram are my friends and Facebook is like the popular kid at school that you love to hate!

I have spent so much time on the laptop this last week I am pretty sure I have square eyes and have damaged the muscles in my typing hand, I have slept less hours than ever and that is saying something when you are the proud owner of an energetic almost 2 year old who still has not slept through the night!  By day we are the Land Lord and Lady of a pub and by night caravan bar project managers, social networkers, builders, MI analysts and researchers. We love it, it can not happen quick enough for us. 

I thought it would be interesting and it is. I love it when I am right, so I am going to sit here in my pyjamas and celebrate with a cheeky festive tipple! 

Caravan bar project Social Media

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About us …

So this is us, the husband and wife team behind The Last Word Bar, Alex and Anthony Preston. 

I’m a home bird and nomad rolled into one, an enigma if you like. As one of 7 children i was raised in the East Midlands but have made my home in the North West, I’m adaptable, the creative mind, love the open road and making old things new. Not afraid of taking risks and embracing change. I studied Law at university which i funded with a number of retail and hospitality jobs, for a time i worked in criminal law but gave it all up, left Nottingham for Chester and began a new life. After traveling parts of Asia and Europe i settled in Chester where i met my husband. My style is eclectic, influenced heavily by my surroundings and emotions, reflective of my personality.

Anthony is the pragmatist, the realist. The eldest of 5 siblings raised in Merseyside. He is the anchor to our ship and keeps my crazy self in check. With a vast history in hospitality and years in Financial services he is the numbers man, our thinker, laid back and kind natured, he is the peace keeper. He’s embraced the pub culture and has a passion for Ales and Vodka, but mostly Vodka. Secretly he is our visionary, quietly confident, with the patience of a saint!

Together we are parents to two beautiful children, landlords of a pub in Lancashire and now project managers of our very own mobile bar caravan conversion. We love food, we love drink, we love music, we love people and most of all we love a challenge. We are passionate about the journey we are about to take and open to the possibility that we know nothing what so ever about restoration but if we never take any risks we will never achieve our dreams. 

 

” The Freedom of the open road, Be yours to know and love;
With friendliness around you, And the windy heavens above;
Not treading easy paving stones, For ever and a day;
But may you have the will to go, The tougher, lovelier way.”

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New Beginings!

Shes a 1950’s Eccles Bounty

…we found her and fell in love with her old vintage charm and the idea of making her as ace as she once was, so…

Welcome folks to the very first blog of The Last Word Caravan Bar

With any luck we’ll be on the road and serving tipple in time for summer 2017!.

Follow us to track our progress, learn about our journey, trials, tribulations, and whatever else comes our way in the next few months. I’m sure it’s going to be interesting!

 
 
 
 

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