Happy Birthday Mark!

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Mark is our project manager — he has been fantastic throughout the building of the marina and has definitely been instrumental in keeping me sane over the last 9 months (despite offering to pay Mick the site manager to throw me in the marina!)

The sun is still shining and it feels like it's ages since we had any rain which isn't good for all my grass seeds, so apologies everyone but I'm praying for rain (maybe just a little bit — throughout the night!) One thing we have noticed during the last 6 days is how amazing the sky looks without all the contrails (those are the vapour trails you get out of the back of aircraft) They tend to spread out and form high altitude clouds.

When I was at the universty some of my colleagues used to get very excited about studying the effects of these (they need to get out more!) Anyway, aside from the academic stuff, due to the ash cloud we have had a mention on the Audlem website twice this week, well at least our spoof flying boat service has. You may or may not be aware that on the 1st April the Audlem website published a story about the marina offering a new flying boat service to enable moorers to vist Audlem more easily (as well as other far flung destinations such as Nantwich Lakes). This has caused much amusement and also much interest with at least 2 people turning up to the marina to view the fictional plane and expressing a degree of disappointment (and also a little embarassment) when they discovered it was a spoof (sorry!) More amusingly at least one local newspaper called me up to ask if they could run a story on it and it took some really strong hints at the date of the story before they finally twigged!!!
Oh, and while we're talking about the ash cloud — I have offered to run a flotilla of narrowboats down to the south coast, across the Channel and down the French canal system to pick up stranded tourists — anyone volunteering???

Further reading

Raft Padddle 1
Janet: Mon 29 Oct

We are very proud to say they made it! — our engineering team from Overwater Marina, lead by Simon Peek, workshop manager have recently been paddling for pounds as they completed a mammoth 10 mile paddle from the marina, near Audlem, to Nantwich basin and back to raise funds for the Royal National Lifeboat Institute. The team nicknamed "Peeky's Blinders" were in their bespoke mini...

PEEKYS BLINDERS 2016-1
Carol: Tue 16 Oct 2:56pm

Sunday the 28th October will see the Overwater Marina engineering team paddling for pounds as they attempt a charity row from the Marina, near Audlem, to Nantwich basin and back. Peeky's Blinders, named in honour of workshop manager Simon Peek, have decided to re-launch their raft 'Broke n down' to raise funds for the Royal National Lifeboat Institute with this sponsored event...

Peeky's Blinders
Carol: Wed 26 Sep 1:21pm

Possibly the smallest narrowboat on the network has recently become available for sale!'Broke n Down' was hand-crafted by the engineers from Overwater Narrowboat Services to take part in this year's raft race at the RNLI festival; which took place alongside the Autumn Boatshare4u Boat show. This narrowboat marvel, and winner of the best-dressed category, was hand-painted and...