January is the perfect month to create a haven in your home. Food plays a really important part in this and The Walled Garden at Barton Grange Hotel in Preston are huge fans of slow cooking meat. Their braised venison recipe is the perfect January winter warmer.
Total self-sufficiency in growing your own vegetables is the allotment holder’s dream – mine too. But I settle for the reality of having grown something fresh and tasty to pick every month in the year, augmented by market purchases to add variety.
ON YER BIKE - Take on the Ironman (well, a bit of it)
If, like me, you’re feeling a bit lethargic after the festive excesses, then stuff your over-fed frame into your best lycra and head to Rivington to take on (the best part of) the Ironman UK bike course.