Dating country women
"When they ask me why I'm single, I never know how to respond," she says. Here in the country people wonder what's wrong with you.But I'd rather be on my own than with someone who isn't quite right."We organise rural singles' events such as regional pub grub nights, sailing trips and an annual ball." More than 300 people, mainly in their forties and fifties, attended the Mud Lovers ball last year."People come from all over the country and there's a seating plan done by area to combat cliquiness," Lucy says.Party-goers stay in nearby hotels and can join a pre-ball activity and a hearty walk the following day.
"The downside of hunt balls and race meets is they can be cliquey," Lucy says.
My friends say that I'll meet someone when I least expect it and I guess I just have to believe them.
Horsey girls aren't that bad really." It shouldn't be difficult to meet a like-minded person in the countryside, given that there is a structured calendar of rural social events, including races and point-to-points.
"The fuel bills are horrendous sometimes but at least you can get easily from door-to-door," she says.
"In London, it's so stressful; trains get delayed and if you drive, you can't park. Driving to parties in the country became one of my best pulling techniques; everyone wants a lift home." But what's the point of falling in love with someone who lives miles away from your house?
Young Farmers is still going strong: Anna Skilbeck, 23, a farm conservation adviser, has been a Young Farmers member since she was 14 and met her boyfriend Jamie at a Young Farmers party.