Travel, Writing

Filling the Well in Robertson

August 22, 2017 | 10 Comments

How’s everyone? We went away this weekend to the most incredible place, called Tierhoek cottages in the Robertson valley. The pictures on the website don’t really do it justice, so here are some more, so you can see just how jaw-dropping the views and surroundings are (we stayed in Fig Tree cottage). Honestly I spent the whole weekend staring and just drinking in the silence and the beauty. We lazed about on the lawn, the kids played soccer, we went for walks, lay in the sun, visited a wine farm, went on a boat around a lake and just generally relaxed.

Robertson accommodationFig Tree cottage views

And it was just what I needed as I left my laptop at home (shock and horror)! I don’t really go anywhere without it and I’m starting to realise that it’s not healthy. I’ve been rereading The Artist’s Way and it’s been very interesting thus far. One of the concepts they talk about is “refilling your creative well”. That might sound all weird and hocus pocus but the concept makes total sense to me.

What they mean is that you can’t continue to draw from the well, i.e be continuously creative and then completely exhaust the resource, without filling it up again. So in my case it would be continuously writing content at work, and blog posts right here and spending my days creating and creating and creating, but not making time to refill my well with new things to inspire me. And to refill that well you need to get out from behind your screen and out into the world. It’s another reason I’m going to be blogging a bit less – I need to get doing, too!

Wine farm in Robertson

So this weekend was all about that. It was also so wonderful to watch the kids play together and interact (we were there with two other families). My daughter is such a little organiser and I came back home and told my Dad about it and he said “that’s exactly what people used to say about you as a child. All the moms used to want you at their birthday parties because you’d organise all the kids and they wouldn’t have to do a thing”.

I found that so funny, because we didn’t know ourselves as children, did we? I know I am that sort of adult now but I didn’t know that trait was in me for so long, and I didn’t realise my daughter had inherited that from me (I kinda thought it was all her own). I told this to my husband and he looked at me like I was a little cuckoo: “But who on earth do you think she gets it from? It’s as clear as day it’s not me”. While we know our children are uniquely themselves, there is something so comforting in witnessing how they are similar to you too.

On the subject of daughters, I shared this TED talk on Facebook but I’m posting it here again, because it’s vital listening for anyone raising girls. Teach girls bravery not perfection is a talk by Reshma Saujani on how girls are socialised to aim for perfection, whereas boys are not, and how it’s hampering them in later life (and how society loses out too). Please please please watch it, if you do one thing this week – it made me cry a little bit too.

Other than that, we are very busy at work which I know is an incredible blessing in these troubled economic times. I also spoke to an old friend recently who remembers us being in a changing room as students and me looking at a sign on the wall and saying “I want to write signs one day”. Isn’t that weird? I don’t remember saying that or thinking that, but it’s clear that my wish to make things sound better, and become a writer or a copywriter, was there from early on (and thanks Lindsey for the reminder!).

Other than that I’m up to a few bits and pieces, which I’m sure you’ll hear about in due course! Or maybe not (filling the well and all that;).

Have good weeks,



Fig Tree Cottage






  • Reply Craig Lotter August 23, 2017 at 10:19 am

    Looks like a lovely getaway spot! 🙂

  • Reply Chereen August 23, 2017 at 2:04 pm

    Loved reading this post, Belinda. I’m itching to get my hands on my copy of The Artist’s Way again. (Also, I’ve had Tierhoek Cottages on my list of places to go for months now – need to make a plan to get there next time we’re in the Cape! Looks so beautiful!)

    • Reply Belinda Mountain August 23, 2017 at 4:38 pm

      Oh you would love it there! and the Artists Way is just up your street;)

  • Reply Nini August 23, 2017 at 3:46 pm

    Looks and sounds magical !!

  • Reply Jen August 23, 2017 at 5:48 pm

    It has been a secret of ours for years!

    • Reply Belinda Mountain August 23, 2017 at 6:41 pm

      Oh dear Jen – worried I have told everyone how amazing it is now! They’re all going to want to go!

  • Reply Megan Keith August 24, 2017 at 12:56 pm

    This place looks magical! As for re-filling the well – I’m intrigued by it. It makes perfect sense though. Enjoy this time of re-filling! Megan xx

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