WHEN Lyndsey Grant pulled into a petrol station near Cheshire Oaks, the last thing on her mind was romance.
But by the time she left it wasn’t just with a tank full of unleaded – she had met her fiancé-to-be too.
For the 39-year-old sales rep from Liverpool, that day 15 months ago was just another one packed with appointments.
“I’d say to friends ‘I’m never going to meet anyone unless I’m on the road and they’re stuck in traffic with me’,” she laughed, “because I put everything into my job and I was never going out.
“I was over in Ellesmere Port, I’d just been to see a customer and I had to put petrol in the car. This big scaffolding van was there at the opposite pump putting diesel in, and these two lads in it were whistling at me.
“I was giving them a bit back, when the driver came out from paying and said ‘sorry about that, your fella won’t be happy about that will he?’ I said I didn’t have one and he said ‘are you single? I don’t believe that’. He said he was single as well and he asked for my number.”
Having been on her own for six years, Lyndsey – who has two daughters, Mia and Mollie, aged nine and 17 – she was finally considering looking for love again.
She said: “I had had my confidence knocked but I’m a big believer in being in the right place at the right time and I think I was ready to meet someone. My eldest daughter had said to me that it was time to let love in and move on, and they say that when you’re not looking that’s when it falls at your feet. That’s exactly what happened.”
Lyndsey admits that 35-year-old scaffolder Martin, from Little Sutton, wouldn’t have been her usual type of potential boyfriend.
“He’s probably everything I’d pick if I was writing it down but then if I’d met him on a night out I think I’d have said ‘go away!’,” she said.
“But I thought I had nothing to lose and then when we went on our first date, there was a big bouquet of flowers on the table. No-one’s ever taken care of me before, I’ve always had to be independent and look after myself, so it makes such a nice change to have someone do that.”
The first person to meet her new partner was Lyndsey’s mum, ‘because she’s always right about fellas’, she jokes.
She gave him the seal of approval and on November 5 last year, their first anniversary, he popped the question.
The couple are now planning their wedding at Chester Racecourse in June.
“Our anniversary was Bonfire Night and, because it was raining, we decided not to go out anywhere,” said Lyndsey.
“He just said ‘here you go, do you like your ring?’ and that was it. He wasn’t even on one knee and I still play on it now – but it’s a beautiful ring, so I can’t complain!”