The TV presenter and author has gotten used to being alone after her 20-year marriage to TV chief Phil Vickery ended in January of last year.
Their spill came a month after the death of his father, actor Tony Britton, and two years after the loss of his mother Ruth.
Now the former host of This Morning, who has daughter Winnie, 19, with Phil and three children from a previous marriage, is building a new life on the Cornish coast.
She said: “I am not afraid of change… The last three years have been very difficult. I lost my parents, I lost my marriage.
“I also lost my other home in Buckinghamshire as Phil now lives there and I’m in Cornwall.
“But the magic that I have found here is incredible. I made some wonderful girlfriends, it was a nice surprise.
Fern was on screen this month with Sir Ian Botham, Linford Christie, Les Dennis and Rosemary Shrager on a road trip for Channel Five Fishing Scotland’s Lochs and Rivers.
She is also busy writing, with nine novels published and more in preparation.
Of the challenges of being single, Fern told Good Housekeeping magazine, “Being fully in charge of a situation and not having someone to discuss it with is a double-edged sword.
“I can say, ‘Let’s blow up the house and build something else,’ and I don’t have to justify it, which is great.
“But it’s also an important decision – and I have to fix everything myself.
“I am not alone, but I am in this period of transition where I am working on what lies ahead. My approach has always been: head down, keep going.
“And for the first time in my life, I’m like, ‘Where do I go now?’ – and that’s pretty cool.
“Suddenly the world is my oyster. “
When asked what she had learned about happiness, she replied, “Don’t rely on anyone else for your happiness.
“It comes from you thinking, ‘Yes, I made mistakes. Yes, there are things that
I am sorry to do. But in fact, I’m fine. I’m not too bad. ‘
* Read Fern Britton’s full interview in the September issue of Good Housekeeping, out today
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