Over 55s dating
I met Jonathan in 2007 at the then Welsh Secretary Peter Hain’s St David’s Day party.Ten months later in the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania, Jonathan proposed and our wedding, at Portmeirion Hotel, North Wales, was a happy but low key affair.I learned from that relationship to dodge men who are more interested in rowdy, drunken nights out with their mates than spending time with their partners.After Lembit and I split up, he began a relationship with 24-year-old Gabriela Irimia, one half of Romanian pop duo the Cheeky Girls.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.
Blessed with a country home in Wales and a house in Central London, we enjoyed all that these contrasting worlds had to offer.
What I miss most are Jonathan’s affectionate texts; his arms enfolding me on the sofa; sharing the day’s news with him, and planning and cooking the evening meal knowing he’ll enjoy it with me.
Since I was 18, I’ve always had a long-term partner.
To this day I still don’t really know why he left because I’d assumed he shared my happiness.
Wise friends have since remarked that it’s easier to leave a marriage when you’ve been divorced before, and as I was Jonathan’s third wife I can only assume that he did not feel he was making an irrevocable vow when, in 2007, he promised to stay with me until death parted us.