‘Love moves in mysterious ways’ for young-at-heart couple

Friday, January 21st, 2022

How online friendship bloomed into rural romance and an engagement for young-at-heart mud lovers who met on Muddy Matches.

A young-at-heart 75-year-old widower, who respectively vowed to give himself 12 months breathing space on any major decisions in life, has got engaged to his muddy match, exactly a year on from his promise.

And he says, “the world moves in mysterious ways.”

60% muddy, retired fruit growing family farmer Thomas met divorced ‘action woman’ Helen whilst country life dating with Muddy Matches in May 2021.

 To step into the online dating scene – first for friendship – was a bold step for Thomas, who was widowed after his gorgeous wife of 18 years gave in to a 6-year long battle with the big C. He had also never lived more than two miles away from his current home in West Sussex.

For 70% muddy Helen too, it was unfamiliar territory. She had recently moved south, and it was a first foray into online dating. It brought with it a degree of trepidation.

Taking thing gently and using their time well to get to know each other remotely, Thomas and Helen bonded over a shared love of dogs, adventure sports, ski trips and rusty tennis rackets as well as a farming upbringing. It was a mutual muddy match that both felt had genuine legs; be it long term friendship, companionship or more.

That ‘more’ was to turn into something genuinely real and life changing. Now the pair are engaged to be married after Thomas proposed in January 2022.

“I had one rule” Thomas tells us. “No major decisions for 12 months.” His respectful life mantra offered every opportunity for the relationship to thoroughly bloom.

“There was no pressure either way,” he adds. “Trust has to be earned on both sides. I think that actually reinforced the new friendship.

Thomas and Helen met in person, with Thomas’ two wire-haired dachshunds – Mole and Mabel – in tow for a walking date in early May. They never looked back.

He added “Through Muddy Matches I have met a very special lady. The world moves in mysterious ways; Helen only moved to the area 12 months before we met yet we have several mutual friends too.

“Thank you for getting me to where I am so quickly. It was money well spent in my book.”