Weekly Photo Challenge : Inside

Inside Matilda

Inside Matilda

The challenge from the Word Press team this week is INSIDE. It prompts me to pay homage to our constant travelling companion, Matilda.

In 2010 we lived and travelled for a year inside this small space. We named her Meandering Matilda, a Toyota Hi-ace pop-top camper van. Jack is in the dining room/office which at night converted into our bedroom by dropping down the table and pulling across the back rests. Surprisingly it became a queen size bed. On Jack’s right is the fridge and along the front of that is a small gas cooker, the kitchen area. We had every thing we needed for a comfortable, cosy or should I say compact, life on the road.

We travelled right round Australia, covering 37,000 kilometres and taking thousands of photographs. It was a memorable experience, and we are still talking to each other…

I started this blog in 2009 to record our journey, starting with the search for our transport and the downsizing of our house to a studio apartment/granny flat.

After the doing the “big lap”, almost a rite of passage for retirees, the urge to wander still remained. So after a short stay at home spending summer on the Goldcoast we now head north each winter to the tropical northern climate. 2011 we meandered to Cairns. 2012 Darwin and the Northern Territory became our winter stop over and this year we are on the Atherton Tablelands.

Matilda has been worth her weight in gold.

Matilda set up for camping

Matilda set up for camping



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12 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge : Inside

  1. What a wonderful inside look to your life.


  2. poppytump

    Fabulous PP . The good weather helps 😉
    Love seeing your set up … we seem to take more techonology with us nowadays too … just wish one plug and adaptor would fit all !


    • Ah yes we now cart a whole box of adapters, chargers and gizmos.Also at my age a sizeable box of pills comes with me too. Gone are the days when we disappeared into the unknown with just a camera and rolls of film


  3. Love Matilda, and have a friend who has since emigrated to Australia who once had something similar which was his pride and joy he lovingly converted.. He also converted a horse transpiration lorry into a living space too which he took around the country with his Gong Healing to various festivals…

    Loved this post and you and Jacks insight into life… and glad you still speaking to each other LOL 😉


  4. Anonymous

    I rather wish we had a Matilda, it’s something I’ve always had a yen for…but with two dogs and a cat it would be a bit too cosy, not to say smelly, so I always enjoy the tales of travels in Matilda with a touch of envy.


    • I am always amazed at the number of people we see travelling around with their animals with them. Though they usually have some thing a bit bigger than Matilda to live in.


    • Sandra

      Hi, not sure why but I came up as anonymous, I didn’t mean to.


      • G’day Sandra I wondered who anonymous was. Good to hear from you. Hope Les is feeling much better by now.


        • Sandra

          Hi, Yes Les seems to be improving thanks, the pain killers help, also he’s found the knack of moving without jarring his ribs. I think he wants to get on with Autumn pruning and tidying the garden so is feeling a bit frustrated at not being able to. Enjoy the rest I say!


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