When you have something for breakfast, you’re not going to be starving by lunch.
Bruce Barton


And so I see the wisdom behind this breakfast trolley and have – in two short days – learned to appreciate it. My choice this morning was toast with cheese and grapes with strawberry yoghurt (brought from my home fridge).

We huddled in earnest and then it was time for lunch at my desk.


This is the view from my window at work; it is one of the Herbert Baker residences that give Old Johannesburg (and Muizenberg) its unique character. It would have been the home of one of the Rand Lords, but I can’t find it referenced in any of the Baker online catalogues. Watch this space, I’m determined to uncover the history.


Mynakedbokkie has challenged us to reveal how we came to choose our blog names.

Well, my blog name was – for years – Original Cin.  (I had to change it when I moved to WordPress as I found somebody had already taken that name; hence the current TheOnly Cin.) Contrary to common assumption, the name Original Cin has nothing to do with Eve or the Bible.

Many, many years ago I started a business.  It was multi-faceted and my copywriter friend (Roy Weiss; does anyone know what became of him?  He seems to have disappeared off the face of the earth.) suggested calling the business The Seven Deadly Cins.  I didn’t like it.  We bandied several names about, none felt right.  There were two Cindys in the building, one a new girl, who’d only been with us a few weeks.  One day someone called asking to speak to Cindy. 

Our receptionist asked which one the caller wanted to speak to and the man said ‘the original one’…



56 Comments Add yours

  1. leeswammes says:

    Great view, Cindy! And a healthy breakfast, this was from the trolley? They look after you well.

  2. Gorgeous view, Cindy – and everything looks so beautiful and green, the rains must have been good! Hope you’re enjoying your job.
    I love the story of your blog name … how funny!
    Sunshine xx

    1. theonlycin says:

      The rains have been more than ample.
      (And I cut Jan Smuts Avenue traffic out of the pic *wink*)

  3. leigh says:

    What a great view 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      A neighbour of yours? ;p

  4. deepercolors says:

    I thought you were going to say that was your house and I was really going to have to fight envy. :-\ Hope we both have on like it one day but only if we have the money to keep it up too. Something to be said for cottages.

    I like the ‘original’ Cin. That’s a good pen name. 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Oh, wish that it were my house …

  5. Liane says:

    I tend to disagree with the Bruce-ster… I am starving at lunch precisely for having had breakfast… and a snack around 10 or 11 depending on what time I had breakfast 🙂 But that is how it is supposed to be – it is healthy – 6 smaller meals rather than 1 or 2 large ones. 6 keep your metabolism on the treadmill all day. Grapes and yogurt would have been my 10 / 11. I love oats for breakfast 🙂
    That is a beautiful view for a window; it should make up for any creativity that is restrained by tailored clothing 😉
    Still thinks the blog name is very good… You’re not the first one (of several) – original – but rather the ONLY one – unique.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Lee, I will admit I was peeved when I saw someone had taken the name …

      1. Liane says:

        That I can well believe; like she stole something from you (but without knowing it was yours). Do hate it when that happens. Any other idea just doesn’t fit as perfectly as the first one did – compromised somehow; in your mind it might always have the feel of 2nd best, no matter who says what.

      2. theonlycin says:

        Exactly how I felt!

  6. SuziCate says:

    Love your blog name story! Love original cin even if it doesn’t mean Sin…as blogs go for are the Original and Only Cin as far as I can think.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks, SuziCate, you’re kind 🙂

  7. slpmartin says:

    Love the story of how the name evolved…thanks.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Morning Charlie 🙂

  8. That was awesome!! Thanks for the mention….. loved the fact that your receptionist was really smart enough to see an idea when it hit her in the face. Xx

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks for the challenge 😀

  9. Pseu says:

    It seems you are enjoying the new job, Cindy 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      It’s early days, so quite a challenge, Pseu. Everyone is very nice, which helps.

  10. Madmom says:

    Gorgeous view and yummy food – it certainly does help ease one into working mode again.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Did I mention the good coffee?

  11. nrhatch says:

    Love this post . . . in part, because I love Cheese Toast, and grapes, and apples, and yummy looking bread on sandwiches, and stone buildings, and the Original Cin!

    Here’s looking at you, kid! 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Play it, Sam. Play ‘As Time Goes By.’ 😉

  12. Maybe the house is NOT a Herbert Baker, but a copy? But I do know where it is, and that’s prime Baker country/

    Your food diary is most interesting

    1. theonlycin says:

      Nope, it definitely is one, I’ve seen the Parktown Trust plaque from the road, but need to get closer to read it.

  13. Your breakfast and lunch photos make me hungry. Ha!

    What an interesting story of how you chose your blog name and then how it changed to the one you now have.

    My blog name, cah4el, has a story, but not so exciting. I misunderstood when I was choosing my blog name. I thought it was a user name. How’s that for mundane? Blessings to you…

    1. theonlycin says:

      Not mundane at all, Carol, you are instantly identifiable 🙂

  14. souldipper says:

    What a civilized lot to have a trolley for morning munchies. I’m eying the bread you brought from home and wondering if you made it. *Wipes up salivation* Omigod, it’s 1:30. Time for my egg salad on sprouted grain bread.

    I like the punch behind The Only. The Original means there’s many more. The Only pretty much says it!

    1. theonlycin says:

      I din’t make the bread, souldipper, it’s a ‘low GI seeded loaf’ from a local bakery.

  15. That’s quite a view, Cindy 🙂 Glad it’s going well.

    1. theonlycin says:

      I wonder if you had heard of Mister Baker, Kate, if he is as famous in his country of birth as he is here?

  16. izziedarling says:

    You ARE the ORIGINAL and ONLY cin in my book. This post is bright. Love that. x iz

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks, izzie, you rock!

  17. Posky says:

    Oh that is looking so so so SO fresh. Winter time has made me appreciate fresh produce so much more. Look at those grapes and that sandwich.

    Cindy you are killing me, I am going to drown in my own saliva.

    1. theonlycin says:

      My apologies, Mister Posky 😉

  18. Tandy says:

    my Grandfather owned a Sir Herbert Baker home in Waverley which despite being turned into offices still as the same facade as part of the National Heritage rules. It used to be the model on display at the architecture section of WITS. So, the university may be a good place to discover the origins of the house you are looking at 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      The Parktown Heritage Trust has a list of ‘plaqued’ HB buildings; this one is floodlit at night, so it must be on the list. I plan to nip across the road at lunchtime and check it out. Will let you know. 🙂

  19. I like your tenacity about researching the history of the Rand Lords home. I’m looking forward to hearing more.
    The only thing short with your breakie and lunch is a cup of tea! Well for me anyway. 😉
    I am sorry that you had to lose your “original” name but feel TheOnlyCin has just as much impact.
    Enjoy another happy day at work today.
    🙂 Mandy

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks, Mandy, I had coffee with my breakfast 🙂

  20. bb(adair) says:

    Are you sure this was a Herbert Baker house?A student of Herbert Bakers(Ralston)also built several houses and buildings which are so similiar.He designed Jeppe Boys High for instance which is such a beautiful historic building as well.

    1. theonlycin says:

      It could be a Ralston house, but my gut instinct tells me it’s a Baker. Will keep you posted, going on a recce soon!

  21. granny1947 says:

    My word but a lot of people know something about houses…me…I know nothing!!!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Bet you know Baker’s Muizenberg houses: Rhodes cottage and the stretch of houses along the road across from the hideous Pavillion?

  22. nursemyra says:

    That’s a nice story about how you came up with your blog name. Mine is still called Gimcrack Hospital from when I used to blog about work albeit in a heavily disguised way that didn’t identify any patients. Unfortunately I had a stalker who was threatening me with exposure so I changed the topics I blogged about. The name no longer really makes sense but I’ve kept it anyway.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Interesting, Myra, what a killjoy stalkers always are, eh?

  23. New Attitude says:

    Lovely view …and such yummy snacks …all the best with this venture Cin

  24. theonlycin says:

    THanks Hon, it’ll be over before I know it, so I am enjoying every moment.

  25. Well, I think original applies in several ways, Cindy!

    What a view … rather romantic.

    1. theonlycin says:

      It IS romantic, Jamie, I just adore those houses and can’t help imagining the history and making up stories about what life must have been like living in them all that time ago 🙂

  26. That’s a fun way to find your blog name, love it. Love your view from your work window, that home looks like its weathered many a year too.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Yes, Anna, I’m not entirely sure, but I think we’re looking ar circa 1920. Will have to check out the plaque on the building to get the facts.

  27. Naomi says:

    Interesting view…looking forward to reading more…and great story about your blog name!

  28. buttercup600 says:

    Loved the story my friend…only ONE original Cin!! oxo

  29. Gavin McInnes says:

    The home is indeed a Herbert Baker home. Its called ‘The Angles’ In 1912 Israel Haymond Commissioned Baker and Fleming to design the house as a gift to his bride. Hayman, an attorney, served with Marshall’s Horse in Natal and was wounded at Acton Holmes near Spionkop.

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