About Jasmin Wong

Jasmin is a web designer based in Sydney, Australia. When not designing, she can usually be found taking photos with her film cameras, rearranging her apartment (yet again), tending a vegetable garden with her boyfriend or sipping an espresso. Read her blog or follow her on Twitter.

Notes from an Idyllic Weekend in Robertson, NSW

Photo by Jasmin Wong

I’ve always been a city girl at heart, albeit one who loves sitting on the hillside, watching clouds drift by lazily, as much as sitting in a bustling café on the weekend, sipping coffee lazily. As I’ve grown older I’ve definitely observed my growing reluctance to participate in activities that include more than a few dozen people in the same room at the same time. Even on weekends, my boyfriend and I prefer to stay in and cook breakfast instead of battling it out with the cool kids queueing up to get into the newest café or shop.

This internal realignment has definitely taken some adjusting to. But I’ve realised that I’ve always been a solidly solitary person at heart; I am wherever my thoughts and a camera are.

Robertson, NSW / photos by Jasmin Wong

So, when an opportunity to spend a long weekend in the Southern Highlands came up, I was immediately excited. For those who don’t know Sydney and its surrounds well, the Southern Highlands of the state of New South Wales consist of lush, often rainy and misty landscapes that provide excellent cultivation ground for magnificent gardens and sleek waterfalls. For somewhere that is only a two hour drive out of the city, the area looks and feels dramatically different to the sun-drenched pavement and beaches of Sydney.

Last weekend, my boyfriend and I spent a few blissful days with family in a log cabin on the outskirts of a small village named Robertson. We read, played card games, and took grandma naps whenever we pleased. One other trait of being a city girl is that I’d never participated in the custom of going somewhere in order to view autumn foliage, so you can imagine the anticipation that built up when we first drove up the dirt path that led to the cabins, lined on both sides with flaming gold and red liquid amber!

Robertson, NSW / photos by Jasmin Wong

It was a quick and easy getaway, easily forgettable and neglected in the everyday routine of work and rest, but necessary. I was content to take walks and be disconnected from the world for a while … but what do you know, there was decent mobile internet so I spammed my followers on Instagram with incessant shots of burnished maple leaves. As I write this, I wish I could turn back the clock to Saturday morning when we first arrived. Enjoy the photos!

About Jasmin Wong

Jasmin is a web designer based in Sydney, Australia. When not designing, she can usually be found taking photos with her film cameras, rearranging her apartment (yet again), tending a vegetable garden with her boyfriend or sipping an espresso. Read her blog or follow her on Twitter.

Visions of Warmth

Lookout print by Joy St. Claire

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A few weekends ago an executive decision was made to paint the apartment white. It took a bit of squabbling, enlisted help from friends and family, but the original dull yellow walls were finally covered with two thick coats of bright white paint. Now that the apartment no longer looks like a cave, it’s time to redecorate and reconsider the choices made for artwork a few years ago. I think my tastes have definitely changed, though I’m still very enamoured of hand-lettered and typographic prints. On this windy autumn afternoon, my mind is gravitating towards these gorgeous scenes of the beach and visions of warmth.

inspired by Joy St. Claire

About Jasmin Wong

Jasmin is a web designer based in Sydney, Australia. When not designing, she can usually be found taking photos with her film cameras, rearranging her apartment (yet again), tending a vegetable garden with her boyfriend or sipping an espresso. Read her blog or follow her on Twitter.

Some Thoughts as the Close of Another Summer, and on Finding Unexpected Colour

Photo by Jasmin Wong

This time of year is when I feel most bittersweet about the changing seasons. For us in the Southern Hemisphere, signs of autumn are slowly easing into the environment. There’s a hint of change in the crisp wind that occasionally sweeps across a mostly sunny day, I find myself stowing an emergency cardigan in my bag just in case the temperature drops five degrees Celsius, and the daylight hours are definitely getting shorter. For us who are spoilt by Sydney’s wonderfully temperate weather and long hot summers, these signs are a firm reminder that summer, albeit incredibly rainy this past year, has waved its last goodbye.

This is also the time when I like to take walks in the cool evenings with my camera and observe the ebb and flow of life in the inner western suburbs of Sydney. I’m mostly on the lookout for interesting pops of colour against the more mellow backdrop of the autumnal landscape — fiery red maple leaves are a rarity in the metropolitan area, the leaves usually turn brown and fall because it’s not just cold enough. Summer and its whirlwind of colour and activity may be over, but now is the time to ease into a more contemplative mood, and be content with whatever we may find.

close of another summer by Jasmin Wong

About Jasmin Wong

Jasmin is a web designer based in Sydney, Australia. When not designing, she can usually be found taking photos with her film cameras, rearranging her apartment (yet again), tending a vegetable garden with her boyfriend or sipping an espresso. Read her blog or follow her on Twitter.