Muddy wellies 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."Find a dating buddy; someone who is in the same situation as you," she says."Single friends will also give you moral support if you're feeling depressed about meeting the third frog in a row." If you've been brought up in a country community, the chances are you will already know a lot of the people living locally.Party-goers stay in nearby hotels and can join a pre-ball activity and a hearty walk the following day.This year's ball in Sywell, Northamptonshire, on May 22 has a "black tie with a muddy twist" dress code.You need to be relaxed to flirt." In an ideal world, rural dwellers would go on dates in a local town and take a taxi home, she says, but in reality it's not that simple.Driving is an unavoidable part of living in the country and something that people like Vittoria have to accept.
"The internet has opened up a fun and less embarrassing way for people to meet new people in their area." Young country dwellers also organise their social lives on Facebook. I tell as many people as possible about the website now." But the internet can't solve the problem of geography.
Muddy Matches is an online community designed to bring together rural lonely hearts (see below).
"The downside of hunt balls and race meets is they can be cliquey," Lucy says.
Tickets for the event cost from £60 and there will be a live band, three-course meal and casino.
Traditionally, the under 26- year-olds living in the country met through their local Young Farmers club.