Sunshine and Rain


I have a good friend who lives in a large house in the heart of Hampstead village.  He is a high earner and has a good standard of living. I love him although our values are quite different.


I was recently offered the chance to move from my smallish flat in Archway to a spacious flat in Hampstead overlooking the Heath. I declined. When my friend heard the news he was shocked. His exact words were: “I don’t get it. Why would you choose rain when you can have sunshine?”


Perhaps he didn’t know that my “rain” was a place where there is a disproportionate amount of celebrities and bankers for such a small area and where the soul of a place is hidden behind too much wealth. My “sunshine” is a place where there is still a strong sense of community, where all walks of life move together in the same space, where there are shops that sell a bowl of avocados for a pound and where fresh olives come from a local Turkish shop not a designer deli.


I guess we all experience the weather differently.




  1. Anna Longmuir · June 12, 2016

    Love it. Short but poignant X

    Sent from my iPhone



  2. Emily Bedford · June 12, 2016

    I would have been tempted with a bigger place, you made a wise decision. Yildiz …gotta love it x


  3. · June 12, 2016

    lovely to see a post after a long gap Maya. enjoyed it . xxx


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