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.
Mark is related to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, whose family seat is Chatsworth House in Derbyshire, but it wasn’t his illustrious heritage that impressed me.
He was, and still is, a fabulous person: reliable, genuine and kind.
We shared the celebrations with just seven friends.
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.
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.
Now I’m starting my mid-life search to find the perfect partner.
And having learned from my mistakes I have wisdom and experience to share.