Love in the Countryside

Eight rural dwellers from across the UK enlist the help of farmer's daughter Sara Cox in their quest for love


When I get dressed up, I do feel alien as I look in the mirror and think ‘OMG what are you doing!’ I am used to just wearing jeans and a hoodie.Christine
Date: 20.04.2018     Last updated: 20.04.2018 at 12.42
AGE: 32
OCCUPATION: Cattle & Sheep Farmer
LOCATION: Dumfries & Galloway

So how are you feeling now you are about to go on a date for Love in the Countryside?

A mixture of apprehension and excitement - but what a great experience.

Is it hard to meet someone when you work on a farm?

Yes it’s hard to meet anyone. I live near Dumfries but that’s a small town and all my friends have got jobs elsewhere. The agricultural community tends to stick together and so you end up meeting the same people all the time.

Is it tougher for those in less rural environments?

I don’t think it’s particularly easy in either scenario. I can only talk about the agricultural community, which sticks together and so you see the same crowd.

Are looks or personality important to you?

An attraction has to be there. I am actually quite shy even though I am going on a TV show! I wouldn’t approach someone in a pub.

Have you been on a blind date before?

No I have never been on a blind date! This is a whole new experience for me. But for any relationship to have a chance, they would have to have an understanding of my job. I am not necessarily looking for someone to be involved in the farm but it would be good if they were interested in it. They would have to understand I couldn’t always get away.

What's your ideal date?

I am like any girl and of course, it’s nice to do something lavish or go for a meal. It doesn’t bother me if I have to pay or not. But simple things can be just as good, like going for a picnic. However when I get dressed up, I do feel alien as I look in the mirror and think: "OMG what are you doing!" I am used to just wearing jeans and a hoodie.

Do you believe in love at first sight?

I have had a couple of experiences where there has been someone and I have thought: "Oh gosh they are amazing", and I have wanted to get to know them. That was probably lust though!

Have you had any funny dating disasters?

The worst date was when I met someone online. I went to a coffee shop but there was no connection whatsoever. We both left really quickly and then I had to wait for the last train home for two hours by myself.

We guess you would be excited if you found your perfect match on Love in the Countryside?

Yes I would definitely be chuffed. In fact, I would be over the top stupidly excited but I am trying to keep my expectations low. I don’t want to get too overly enthused if it doesn’t work out.

And would you like to settle down?

I would like to get married but it’s not a total essential. I am not 100% sure on kids though as I wanted to be a young mum and I’m no longer in that category. My mum had me when she was 40 and I always said I wanted to have kids when I was quite young.

What's been the reaction from family and friends?

All my family and friends are so excited about me going on the show. They are really hoping I meet someone nice, as they don’t understand why I am single.

Is there anything else you hope to gain from this experience?

I guess for the general public, it will show the different aspects to farming and it will be entertaining. It will open their eyes to the stuff that goes on in the countryside and how difficult it is to meet people.