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Two exciting things have happened this week. The first was that I took last sunday off to go on a funride on my horse Rupert, with Isabelle riding Seamus. The last time I did something as foolish as riding 10 miles across country at speed was about 8 years ago, so I was was feeling just a tad nervous. Quite rightly so given that my nice, safe, sensible horse turned into a slightly deranged, bucky, rearing type at the first sight of all the other entrants — not a good start to the ride, but off we set with gritted teeth (mine not his!) After about 3 miles things were calming down and by mile five he was so tired we were back to normal with Isabelle whizzing past at full gallop shouting "come on mum — go faster!!" By mile nine Rupert was practically on his knees and I was buzzing! We even tackled a couple of very small jumps. Only snag is that for the last five days or so I feel like I've been walking like John Wayne!!!

At the Marina we have had a really exciting day hosting a wildlife recordathon event which is part of the Cheshire Count Me In programme. We've had a day of wildlife walks with botanists and ecologists and loads of bugs and beasties to look at in the marquee by the facilities building. Isabelle and Anna were particularly taken with the stuffed animals........although finally conceded that a cow might just be a bit too big for the taxidermist to cope with...

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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...