A House on a Hill.
::: Illustration by Laura Amiss :::
One of the earliest – and most often repeated – pieces of advice my mum ever gave me was to always live in a house on a hill. She explained about floods, but to me, growing up in south-east England, floods were a far-away thing, a story from the Bible. To me, living in a house on a hill meant being able to step out of the door and go sledding when it snowed – not much more.
But mum was from Brisbane, and she knew what she was talking about. And today, as I watch the news of the devastation in Queensland, and keep track of my family, her words come back to me, and make so much sense.