The farm belongs to my father-in-law and is set in a truly wild and beautiful part of the country, deep in a valley and right on the banks of the Mooi River.
I grew up at the coast and moved back a year ago after several years on the Highveld. I have always found the presence of the sea nearby to be very inspirational and energising. As a result being 600km or so from any large body of salty water was a little frustrating. One of the things I did to remind me of the sea was to have a plastic container on my desk filled with sea sand, shells, driftwood and pieces of dried seaweed.
If I closed my eyes and felt the objects with my fingertips and smelt the faint saltiness on the air it would remind me of being back home and very often be the catalyst for some creative thinking. Some people find a painting or photograph has a similar effect but I am a very tactile person and prefer something I can touch.
So my unsought advice to writers and other creative types is; find the most inspirational environment you can to work in or, even if it is a far from perfect setup, do something small to make you think of an environment that works for you.
I have added some more photos of my immediate surroundings below to inspire you and maybe make you just the tiniest bit jealous :)