Love lasts six decades, and still counting
IT WAS at a weekend dance that Valda first crossed paths with Stanley Weier. From that first meeting she knew he was the one.
Now the Tannymorel pair have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary, proving that rain on a wedding day truly can be a good sign.
Valda said the pair were both living in Hervey Bay when they met, Stanley was a farmer and she worked for the government at Maryborough.
"On Saturday night we all congregated at Scarness at a dance - not that he was a dancer, he was outside and I met him outside,” Valda said.
They married on March 28, 1959, at St Paul's Anglican Church at Maryborough, it was Easter Saturday and Valda can still recall the rain that fell.
In the years that followed, their five sons (welcomed within six years) and one daughter kept them occupied.
Not to mention the farm they bought at Acacia Plateau in 1972 to grow potatoes while Stanley remained working.
"It rained for the first week and I went to the Killarney Co-op and bought a clothes drier and it was the first one sold in the area,” Valda said.
Stanley was dedicated to his planting, which was most apparent the day Valda gave birth to their only daughter, Emma.
Valda said she went into labour that morning but it was the first fine weekend Stanley had to plant potatoes.
Stanley look Valda to hospital, where she delivered little Emma, but afterwards Stanley was nowhere to be found.
Valda promptly told the doctor to ring their farm and sure enough he'd ducked back there to plant more potatoes.
"I probably just shook my head, I knew he'd turn up at the hospital and he was there within a half hour,” she said.
After 10 years on the farm they left and moved to Tannymorel, but the farm stayed in family hands with their son David taking it over to grow kiwifruit.
Over the years Stanley and Valda have enjoyed embarking on trips in their caravan, travelling as far as Cairns.
"We kept an acre at Harvey Bay and built a shed on it and went there for four days at a time. I used to love those four days,” she said.
As for the secret to a 60-year marriage, Valda did have a tip.
"Patience is a virtue. We were just happy and I love all my kids.”