Meet Bridget Coulton & Liz Africano in this two part series of Women In Style.
When the girls met brothers, Tom and Andrew Coulton years ago, all roads led to the family farming operation in Goondiwindi. This year, the girls are making their mark organising the Goondiwindi Polo Tournament and celebrating a 110 years of tradition.
Bridget, tell us about yourself...
I am a born and bred Melbourne city girl who now lives on a remote cotton, cropping and cattle property west of Goondiwindi, with my husband Tom, and three children Hunter, Evie and Jack, Despite my city roots, I was lucky enough to be raised with farming and country influences on both sides of my family which made the transition from Melbourne to Goondiwindi a lot easier! Times spent at our family farms in the Barossa and upper Yarra Valley helped foster my love for a bush lifestyle. Helping out in the Shearing Shed, cooking toast on Gran’s old Aga stove, riding horses along the creek and stoking bonfires on cold Winter’s days are a few fond memories that come to mind.
Having a Dad obsessed with country and outback road trips also broadened my horizons and as soon as I was finished with my Communications Degree in Melbourne I was off to be a jillaroo in the far eastern Kimberley! And that’s how I met my husband Tom! I have also spent time practicing law in country law firms and whilst these days I am primarily a Mum and a supporter of our family farming business I am having a lot of fun developing a lifestyle movement brand, The Bush Exchange. Through combining my communication and legal problem-solving skills I hope to one day create a platform that can strengthen the bond between the city and the country through sharing stories, ideas and creativity inspired by an authentic bush lifestyle. I would love people to follow my brand journey on Instagram via @bushexchange.
Bridget wears our Coffee Rib Knit Jumper with Evie and Jack dressed by Love Henry
Bridget wears our Khaki Quilted Vest and Navy V Neck Jumper
How would you describe your style?
I love clothes that are made well and I love cotton! I’m not just saying this as this is for a Goondiwindi Cotton story but I can’t stand synthetic fibres – they don’t feel nearly as nice on the skin and they don’t last as long.
I like to wear a lot of timeless pieces – things that don’t date, just nice quality fabrics in classic fits. Out in the country your clothing has to be practical so I don’t like to wear things that restrict movement or get in the way of your daily activities. Despite all that I still like to look good and feel special in the clothes I wear. Putting on clothes that you feel and look good in does wonders for how you tackle your day!
Bridget wears our Oatmeal / Navy Stripe Roll Neck Skivvy
The Goondiwindi Polo event attracts many people, even the late Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh, what do you think attracts people to the event each year?
Can you tell us about the Goondiwindi Polo Event?
Where did your idea for ‘Grazing at the Polo’ originate from?
Tune in next week to hear the rest of the interview with Liz!
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Imagery shot by The Farmers Friend @the_farmers_friend