"Jamie lives less than eight miles away but I'd never met him.
It turned out my parents knew his parents and I was friends with his brother." However, in the past five years, social networking sites have revolutionised rural dating.
Horse and country dating
"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.
"But that kind of event doesn't happen every month; it takes a lot of effort to arrange." Determined to improve the chances of fresh encounters in the countryside, Lucy Reeves, 30, from Northamptonshire, founded rural matchmaking website Muddy Matches with her sister Emma in 2007.
"I grew up in the countryside before moving to London and overseas.
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.