We got home again yesterday after nearly a week away in Gippsland communing with nature (mostly). I'll give a rundown shortly, but meanwhile we have to do our minimal preparations for Christmas. The saga of the GoGet cars continue. At present, we have Franz the Corolla from just around the corner in Trenerry Crescent, our third GoGet car this week. We went with Franz (but not Frank) to do our pre-Christmas shop at Victoria Gardens, past the horrendous new unit developments on the Yarra nearby. They are wrecking their very reason for being there. Anyway, this last week we have been in Gippsland. Last Sunday, we picked up Junior the Yaris, in town on a special over Christmas deal with a discount for a week. We then went via the freeway to Cranbourne's Australian Gardens which are becoming really wonderful and well worth a visit. The lunch is a bit ordinary but I think we needed to get used to that this week. On we went to Mirboo North where we were booked into L'Escargot, which indeed has an impressive number of snail entrees done every way you can imagine. I'm still not sold on snails even though these home-grown ones were probably the best you'd ever get. The accommodation at L'Escargot was very good too. We got a whole flat when we were expecting just a room. The hosts were friendly and welcoming and obviously work their butts off trying to make a living out of a small farm. Next day we went for a local walk, the Lyrebird Walk, which we only did part of. There were no lyrebirds, but lots of other birds, trees and ferns. Onto the Grand Ridge Road we went, which was very scenic, until we lost our way at a turnoff and wound up in Churchill, where we had our lunch (pre-bought in Mirboo North). We then made our way back to the Ridge Road at Balook and had a walk in the Bulga Park to the suspension bridge and back to Junior. We drove through the Tarra NP to Yarram where we stayed at the Club Hotel, a huge place. The food was okay, but the best that could be said was that the accommodation could have been worse. This was compensated for by the next night at Port Albert where we stayed at the Tumaini for Africa Gallery which has an AirBNB attached. It was very comfortable with lots of goodies (real coffee etc.). At Port Albert is the Nooramunga Coastal Park and we did a couple of walks to the Old Port (either end) and McLaughlin's Beach (of Norm Gallagher fame) where there is a very good board walk through the mudflats. We also visited the Maritime Museum which is interesting and had the local 'famous' fish'n'chips for dinner. Next morning, Junior refused to start (we'd had a minor hiccup at L'Escargot). To our surprise, GoGet sent a man (Bat) from Melbourne with a new car, Elsa. The problem with Junior is unknown yet but probably it was out of range for its satellite signal so it wore out the battery trying to find one. Who knows? Because there was no signal for Elsa either, Bat disabled the Gogettery and we proceeded manually. We went via the beautiful Agnes Falls (near Toora) with beautiful windfarms nearby (suck on that Joe Hockey). We arrived at the very plain Foster Promontory Motel and had dinner at the pub. with Marg and Clive who now live in Foster. Next day, we did a quick trip down to the Promontory Park and did the Foley Road Loop Walk around Corner Inlet, part of the Prom Wildlife Walk and walked down for views of Darby River Beach. It was a lovely day, sunny but not too hot. Next day, we headed back to Melbourne via Dumbalk and Dollar with very nice views of the countryside. Dollar is a very small place but on the verge they have a very small Royal Dollar Botanic Gardens. We brunched at Moo in Meeniyan which lived up to its reputation and made it home. I took Elsa back to Junior's pod and swapped her for Franz the Corolla which we are able to lock (Elsa's boot was unlockable). Charging by GoGet for this whole journey will be interesting as it was meant to be on a special deal with a CBD car. However, the car was not meant to conk out in a farflung place.