Dating nightmare stories

It’s the first time in 40 years I’ve been on my own for any length of time, and until now I’ve been too raw to contemplate another relationship.

Well-meaning friends have enticed me out to dinners where eligible single men have clearly been invited for my benefit. I’ve even been out on a few dates but I’ve known the time wasn’t right.

Whether we were tramping over mountains in our hiking boots, cuddled up on the sofa in front of a roaring fire watching a TV box set or out at a smart Kensington restaurant I felt equally content.

So when two years ago my husband, motor racing entrepreneur Jonathan Ashman walked out on our marriage without notice or explanation I was, for the first time in my life, utterly heartbroken.

Women were meanwhile 40 per cent more likely to opening lines related to food, Business Insider reported.

We had achieved that happy state of companionability that comes from being completely at ease with each other.

Blessed with a country home in Wales and a house in Central London, we enjoyed all that these contrasting worlds had to offer.

As a TV presenter and meteorologist — I’m the UK’s longest-serving weathergirl, having appeared on television for 24 years between 19 — I have a busy social life. I see a smiling woman on the arm of a handsome man, strolling through the park, and I think: why can’t that be me?

It’s the small, everyday acts of thoughtfulness and love, that make us all feel valued, I long for.

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