Ro­mance was grown on farm

UK vis­i­tor Kelly Briggs found love in Bar­al­aba

Central Telegraph - - MY TOWN - Vanessa Jar­rett Vanessa.Jar­rett@cen­tral­tele­

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.

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