Romance was grown on farm
UK visitor Kelly Briggs found love in Baralaba
KELLY Briggs came to Australia in 2005 to work in Brisbane to do some consultancy work.
Fast forward 12 years, Kelly is happily married to Ted and together they live on property in Wowan with their three children.
“So, I basically married a farrmer,” Kelly said.
When Kelly was living in Brisbane, she would go away on weekends doing all the touristy things.
One weekend took her to Baralaba, to the Myella farmstay.
“A friend of mine had gone to Myella and recommended and I ended up going there for a weekend and I met Ted and that was in 2005,” she said.
Ted grew up nearby, born and bred in Wowan and was working at Myella casually.
“He basically went there working for a weekend, he was working casually doing guiding work and helping them build a Smoko hut,” Kelly said.
It didn’t take long before a relationship was sparked.
“He came to Brisbane for a weekend a couple of weekends later to see me and that was it, a month later I spent three months up here,” Kelly said.
“Then we did a bit of travelling around Queensland, Winton and Longreach, Cairns and the Daintree, a big round trip.
“So I got another contract over here and we went back and forth for a year or two and I applied for a partner visa.”
The couple were married some years later and Kelly settled into life living on their 700-acre cattle and hay farm between Wowan and Rannes.
“I have lived in the city all my life and worked in London so it has been quite a culture shock,” she said.
“I love where I live, I love it, it’s a beautiful part of Australia.”
Kelly and Ted added a third member to the family recently, a baby girl, Josephine, on July 18, who is a sister to George, 5, and Keeva.
“When I had kids it was hard, not having family close by,” Kelly said.
“My mum was a bit sad but they are happy – they love Ted.
“They were a bit shocked to see I wasn’t coming back to the country.
“They try and travel every year or two and see us and spend time with the kids.”
The advances of technology have made it easier over the years.
“I used to just ring them when I came over here and now you can video them,” Kelly said.
“The best thing in the world is Skype, my kids know my parents through Skype.
“My kids actually know my parents by getting on Skype every week, which is
❝ I love where I live, I love it, it’s a beautiful part of Australia. — Kelly Briggs
The family still has close ties with Myella, where Kelly and Ted first met, claiming the Eather family as their won.
“I still go out to Myella about once a week and help out there and take the kids. The kids just love it there,” Kelly said.
“Olive and Peter are just like grandparents to my kids as well.”
“I love going to Myella because I get to talk to all the English people and talk to all the foreigners as well.”
One of the major differences Kelly found between living in Australia and the UK was the weather and people.
“The heat takes a bit of getting used to, it is a lot more laid back over here,” she said.
“Socially and business everything is more laid back.
“Drought is definitely a depressing time as well.
“It’s a harder lifestyle and it makes you tougher.”
Looking back on her life, Kelly is happy to be raising her children in Australia,
“In the last couple of years I am probably the most comfortable I have ever been,” she said.
“I do love loving here, I love living on a farm and the kids have such a wonderful life. My kids definitely have a better lifestyle than they would in UK.”
HAPPY FAMILY: Kelly and Ted with George and Keeva in the UK last year.
Ted and Kelly Briggs when they first met in 2005.