It was love at first sight


TIME has never played on the minds of Des and Karen Lar­ney, who have car­ried out their re­la­tion­ship a lit­tle dif­fer­ently to most.

A 17-year age gap sep­a­rate Des, now 74, and Karen, now 57, who mar­ried just five months after they locked eyes for the first time.

Mr Lar­ney spot­ted his fu­ture wife at an em­pow­er­ment course in War­wick and from that mo­ment he knew it was the real deal.

But the fu­ture Mrs Lar­ney had no idea she had cap­tured his heart.

“I didn’t know he fell in love with me straight away be­cause we’d never met,” she said.

When that first meet­ing hap­pened, it sealed the deal for Mr Lar­ney.

“When we first met that was it, my heart just pounded,” Mr Lar­ney said.

Tak­ing Mrs Lar­ney home to meet the fam­ily, she then moved in with Mr Lar­ney one week later at his house at Goom­burra.

The pair have now been mar­ried for 21 years and have called War­wick home since 2003.

Mrs Lar­ney said it was in­stinct that drove the pair to quickly com­mit, with love, trust and pa­tience con­tin­u­ing to bind them.

“He’s my rock and soul. We’ve had each other’s back,” Mrs Lar­ney said.

When court­ing his fu­ture bride Mr Lar­ney made tapes to win her heart and the pair com­pleted puz­zles, hob­bies they con­tinue to this day. Mr Lar­ney can of­ten be seen on his front ve­ran­dah strum­ming his acous­tic/elec­tric gui­tar, with Johnny Cash and Elvis songs be­ing par­tic­u­lar favourites.

Gospel mu­sic has also made it into the reper­toire now he holds a po­si­tion in the band at the Chris­tian Vic­tory Cen­tre.

Rain, hail or shine he’ll take up the out­door chair a cou­ple of times a week.

“Peo­ple walk past and com­ment, it makes me smile,” he said.

“As long as it’s not too cold or re­ally, re­ally hot.”

Mrs Lar­ney spends time in her own hobby room, sewing or nut­ting out 1000-piece puz­zles.

“I like the scenery. I get an­i­mals, wa­ter­fall ones and horses,” she said.

The pair have seen each other through health chal­lenges, in­clud­ing a virus which at­tacked Mr Lar­ney’s heart.

“It took a while to get over that,” he said.

But the de­voted cou­ple be­lieve their abil­ity to take time for their own pas­sions has helped keep their re­la­tion­ship healthy.

When they lock eyes, it’s clear their love is far from fad­ing.


HAPPY COU­PLE: Des and Karen Lar­ney have called War­wick home for over 10 years.

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