I loved going back to Bury. I don't know whether I found it such a comfortable fit because it was so familiar or if it's that I am reassured by the cosy, miniature nature of it compared to London. I love adventures, don't get me wrong, but there is an opposing force in my nature - especially in the winter - that just longs to hibernate; snuggle into some pliant warm space and not emerge til March. Since I can't I take comfort from the likes of Bury - friendly, encouraging, uncomplicated and manageable. They even ran a 'homecoming' type piece on me in the Bury Free Press and hordes of people came by to wish me well and sample the wares.
Next chance to go back - I'm there.