When Alice Watkins set off for a wellness and detox retreat in the West Country four years ago, she didn’t realise she would be adding 'transgressive experience' to the itinerary of weight loss and clearing emotional baggage. Running the detox programme was Mia Logan, a tall and beautiful woman. The pair hit it off and so impactful was Alice’s experience that she offered to volunteer for the retreat, arriving a month later with a tent to sleep in, until Mia offered her a full-time job and she moved into a bricks and mortar house. As well as employee and employer, the two developed a strong friendship, talking most days on the phone. Three years later, Alice had fully relocated to the same small town as Mia, and a month later Alice found herself confronting Mia, telling her that she’d realised she had feelings for her. It was one of the hardest things she’d ever done, but the risk was worth it; her feelings were reciprocated. "We realised that together we felt the best about ourselves, and wanted to spend the rest of our lives with each other," Alice tells me. What makes their story unusual is that until then they had both identified as heterosexual. At that point in their lives, Mia was in a long-distance relationship with a man, and Alice, a mother of three adult children, was a hands-on grandmother to her eldest daughter's three kids.