Needing to clear my head today, I went for a walk through the suburb. I found myself walking a firetrail through the valley separating Menai from Illawong. It's a pretty trail, sandstone boulders and the eucalyptus bush screening out the sight of most of the houses. I followed the creek (Still Creek) until the end of the path at the muddy mangrove flats where it join the Woronora River. Then I walked back, following the creek as far as I can. It's visible out the window, 30 metres further up and it disappears under the ground.
It's amazing what lies just outside your house.