The single life: Lindy's search for love in a small town
LOVE has eluded the exuberant Lindy Hamilton since she moved six months ago to a small coastal town on the New South Wales north coast.
It's an unfamiliar situation for the outdoor lover, who only recently was left broken-hearted by her husband of 18 years.
Lindy, 56, upped stakes from a big city and moved to her father's old home town, hoping to find something special to uplift her life.
But she has found it a lonely existence.
"It's connecting with people is the hardest thing," Lindy said. "Everywhere you go there seems to be all the beautiful, happy couples.
"I need a partner; I hate being by myself.
"When it's Friday night and everyone says, 'have a great weekend', and you come home to an empty house, you realise you need more than this."
She knows of others who are very happy on their own, but Lindy knows she's the sort of person who needs to have love in her life.
She goes to the gym regularly, but hasn't found that a great place to meet new people as everyone seems to be concentrated on their exercises or classes.
Lindy has tried going out to live music venues, which she enjoys even though she is by herself.
Another choice, joining groups, isn't her scene.
So, going online Lindy admits is really her best option.
She has tried several dating sites including Plenty of Fish, eHarmony and Elite Singles, but has found RSVP.com the best for her preferred age group.
However, Lindy has often found her choice of people she is willing to meet from her online search, live outside the area where she is now resident.
The keen surfer and runner has also found that she has too much energy for many of the men that she is meeting that are often already into their mid-60s.
"I think all the dudes my age are looking for someone younger," Lindy said.
"There is a lot of luck involved in all of this."
It's a complicated situation which Lindy realises has no simple solution.
She knows she is living in the right place, so now she admits, it's a matter of being patient until the right person comes along.
"I'll keep my eyes open, and be friendly and smile, and just let it happen," she said.