Perfect partners found love through internet dating site
WHEN Lloyd Hunt joined eHarmony, he "put his future in the hands of God", at the same time Jillian Kerr decided "the time of being alone was over and I would like to find a life partner".
Jill was living in Germany, Lloyd in Inverell.
The long-distance relationship was an idea opportunity to get to know one another, Jill said. "Lloyd and I were matched and enjoyed emailing and telephoning each other while I was still in Europe and we found out a lot about each other in that time."
Lloyd credits eHarmony's questionnaire and five "must-haves" as providing well matched potential partners with the same values and interests.
"It was a good way to sort the wheat from the chaff."
The relationship progressed and Lloyd sent flowers to Jill at work.
"It was classic because they arrived when she was at a bible college and on a day not many people were there. It was a close community so she was pleased only a few people saw it."
Jill had planned to return to Australia and six months after their introduction they met face-to-face in Brisbane, where she lived for a while with her parents.
Things went well and Lloyd popped the question in October.
"There was no use hanging about," Lloyd said. "We're not 20-something."
Christians who are both interested in travel, they were married by Jill's father, a retired Minister of Religion, and after some time in Inverell, have spent much of their time together at one exciting location after another.
For Lloyd the future was about "taking the plunge and exploring the horizons". "Once we get old we tend to dig our heels in and not venture far. We think of doing things in our 20s - there's nothing wrong with doing things in our 50s and 60s."
A five-week trip to Greece and Norway turned into an extended visit, and Jill is currently housesitting in London while Lloyd does some business at home.
He'll return to her shortly, then in November the globetrotting couple will come back home.
Of his marriage Lloyd says, "I've had fascinating seven years, it's been absolutely brilliant".
Jill says, "We are both very happy and grateful to have found one another. I was 49 when we married and Lloyd 53 (his second marriage), so it is a special surprise to find companionship at this stage of our lives."