IT was a love affair that blossomed in the most unusual of ways.
For three years Thelma and Graeme Connor lived states apart and courted only via letters.
More than 50 years later, as they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary, the Woodridge couple admitted they still had every letter written during those first three years.
Their love affair started on a train, as Thelma was returning to Queensland after a holiday with a friend, and Graeme was headed to the Sunshine State in need of a break.
Today the couple have lived in their home for 43 years, have three children and six grandchildren.
"The highlights over the years have definitely been the children," they agreed.
"We had three weddings with them in the same year.
"We've also done a bit of travel together."
Mr Connor said the secret to a long and happy marriage was to never go to bed mad.
Although Mrs Connor was quick to say they had indeed fallen asleep after a disagreement.
"Of course we have, but we always paid for it the next day," Mr Connor laughed.
"Disagreements are just a normal part of marriage."
The couple did agree that give and take was a vital part of any union.
They celebrated their 50th anniversary on January 19 surrounded by family and friends.
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