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They're on! We're generating! It's taken me 5 years but finally I've managed to talk the rest of the family into putting solar photovoltaic panels on the workshop roof. It's so exciting to be generating electric from a completely renewable source. Deep down I've always had a little niggle of a worry as to what will happen in the future — the if or when "the lights go out". People have been talking about moving to a less carbon dependant society for ages and this now feels like a little step in the right direction. And better still — next time we have a power cut I can pop over to the marina and still boil a kettle for a nice cup of tea.....unless of course it's dark. Which has left me pondering other ways of generating electric........attaching the children to a treadmill (slightly cruel and probably not allowed), fast growing willow for a biomass boiler (hmmm, just how much of the waters edge could I fill with that...?), putting dynamos on our office chair wheels (small scale and Sam would probably set fire to himself and there has GOT to be something we can do with goose poo!!!!!

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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...