On line dating for country people

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‘A specialist website can’t offer a vast pool like Match.com, but then 80% of the people on that won’t share your interests either.

They won’t understand about getting up at 6am to muck out or having to stay up all night with a lambing ewe.’ Last year, sisters Lucy and Emma Reeves founded Muddy Matches, which has attracted 4,000-plus members in just 10 months.

In her book Tales from the Country Matchmaker, she recalls would be suitors who reeked of manure and invited their dates to perch on sacks of potatoes.

One farmer wanted to end a relationship, but his lady friend was knitting him a jumper and it would be ‘a waste of wool’.

We also write the profiles, so no one can fib about their age or height.

But if articulacy and correct spelling and punctuation are prerequisites, or if you’re allergic to clichés, this whole process may depress you.

A marine biologist pleads ‘no wannabe footballers’ wives’.

Rural dating has become more sophisticated since Patricia Warren, a Derbyshire farmer’s wife, set up The Country Bureau 25 years ago it’s now run by Katie Moore in Gloucestershire to find wives for isolated farmers.

Eventually, she drove up to take a look, and they’re now married.

Other success stories include Lady Game keeper from Hampshire, who married Tractor Driver from Shropshire, and Hazel, who moved from Leicestershire plus two ponies, cat, duck, rabbit, guinea pig and bird-to be with J. Love me, love my labrador/ferret/sheep is a significant theme.

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