stopped into a church
I passed along the way
well, I got down on my knees
and I pretend to pray…
California Dreamin’ – Mamas & the Papas

Well, that is not exactly how it was …
I was in Forest Town, on a mission to do a photo-post of mailboxes. 


And then I got drawn into the garden of the Forest Town Church;
just look at their rose garden!

Music!  I heard loud music; what seemed to be a tympanic band,
coming from nearby, an orchestra of xylophones. 
For some reason I thought of beaches with smoky fires;
it was a Marimba band! 
I cocked my head and looked around. 
There!  Up on the ridge, it must be a special performance at
the Westcliff; how tall that tree is, how old it must be.











I sat on a bench in the church garden for a while and listened

When a man came along and asked what I was doing there, I hurried away.  As I walked back to my car I looked up at the horizon; Old Johannesburg. 

Bejeweled old whore she may be, but she has her own, unique, beauty.  And what stories she has to tell…





10 Comments Add yours

  1. nrhatch says:

    As soon as I saw the title of this post, the Mamas and Papas song began playing in my head.

    Rik does a fair amount of California Dreamin’ . . . given his state of residence. : )

    Loved this tribute to the lure of music . . . and the “bejeweled old whore.”

    1. theonlycin says:

      She’s a fascinating city Nancy.
      (Lucky Rik to live where he does!)

  2. leigh says:


    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Leigh, she is a special old lady?

  3. Saffie says:

    Know that view well, in my previous corporate life used to have do’s often at the Westcliff. I spent more time admiring the view then ‘networking’ or doing whatever it is that you’re meant to at those things.

    1. theonlycin says:

      It’s a great view!

  4. Jo says:

    I miss the glamorous old diva, Jo’burg. 😦

    1. theonlycin says:

      And I miss lovely, gentle Glencairn 😦

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