Clifton Hill is only 4km from the city centre but it feels a long way once you're there. Walking from the station to Meri and Sophie's place down Spensely Street, it was quiet and the air was scented with wisteria and jasmine. Beautiful little cottages with lion sculptures in the garden, or overgrown gardens, ivy growing up walls. M and S live opposite the a parkland area. Where the Yarra River meets the Merri Creek. Before the creek gets here, it has flowed 70km from Wallan. The area where the creek meets the river was traditionally the location for large gatherings of the Wurundjeri people and for this reason it is still considered sacred. There's a lot of birdlife and apparently frogs at sunset. Beautiful area.