No Star, but gold stars instead

This is our first journey West without Star, our dog.  Usually when we arrive in Kytra lock just West of Fort Augustus, Linda the lock keeper speaks exclusively to Star and gives her treats and a gold star on her life jacket.  This year I am concerned that we will not be allowed through the lock, so we all struggle into life vests as we approach the lock chamber.  I am not sure if the stars are for being a dog, or for wearing a life jacket.  I make up a packet of flapjacks to hand over with our ropes to seal the deal

Once in the lock chamber we hear that Linda too has lost her dog this year and we are given stars for wearing life jackets.  As it is drizzling lightly, the only place that the stars will stick is to our foreheads…

 

 

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