You'll recall 'Ellis' chugged up into Leeds the other week so as to be able to visit friends and continue prepping the boat for the forth-coming guest season. The river was nearly into flood when we locked through into Granary Basin... and once in there, we discovered very little in the way of water... OR mooring spaces. Hobsons choice meant I had to tie up alongside between the Hotel and the Candle House - the problem here being the ledge that sticks out - it's fine when there is plenty of water AND the level is stable... alas, when the level is NOT stable, you HAVE to leave very slack ropes to avoid the boat being tipped over/sunken.
It's not ideal.
Still, knowing the ledge is there is better than not!
Having tied up and checked the weather forecast - WIND was coming... Anyone who has ever moored in Granary Wharf knows that WIND is a major problem ... the towering buildings all around funnel it down to ground level and cause havoc - what the forecasts say are 45 mph winds are possibly double by the time they slam into the boats moored down below - it's scary. IT's MORE scary when you can't tie up tightly cause of aforementioned ledge and fluctuating water levels.
It was nice to be plugged in again AND along side floating pontoons I could tie up to night and tightly...
Having spent a couple of nights there, had supper with friends (I'm going to miss terribly) and also met a writer of 'erotic fiction'... I'll report back on his works at some point - we departed and began our journey once more.
Leaving Granary, a chap was either practicing escape from being locked down, or measuring for new windows!