Wednesday, 23 February 2011


IT is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.

So said Jane Austen. And to prove it, the dating agencies abound

There’s this one


…which I originally mis-read as Parsnip

and then there’s…


[that’s the one with the ad where they tie their shoelaces together]



I am so grateful that none of this online stuff was around in my youth. I did have friends who put small ads in the newspapers. They knew all the mysterious abbreviations WLTM, GSOH, SWF etc etc.

I am not aware that any of them found their soul-mate through this process.

But I was utterly intrigued this week when Liz and Jon told us about a lecture they had been to about the mating habits of birds.

Do you know how a lady blue tit finds her husband?


Apparently, according to the experts at the British Trust for Ornithology, the front of a blue tit's head glows under ultra violet light. As birds see in UV it's thought that this is how females choose a partner.Trials performed in the laboratory indicate that females prefer males with the brightest crests. I am utterly amazed by this information. Isn’t Creation wonderful?

[in case you were wondering, I met my other half in Church on a Sunday in 1978. I was not aware of his halo glowing at the time]


  1. I read that as "parsnip" too! How funny. And what marvelous info about the birds. Creation *is* wonderful!


  2. I met mine in Sunday School. Just turned around toward the back of the assembly room, and there he was. It was like a bright light spotted him. But no UV!! ~Liz

  3. Creation is most certainly wonderful and maybe one day I will blog about how my husband and I met.

  4. I met my husband through two-and-a-half years ago and we are very, very happy. He was 55 and I was 49. We met and married within 6 months! We both made it clear on our on-line profiles that we were only interested in meeting Christians. I really don't know how we would have met otherwise. We both lived/live in Cornwall, but church circles can be pretty small.

  5. Good to hear from 4 happily married ladies. Bless you all!


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