At the turn of this new year, we were honoured by an invitation from the estimable G.D. Falksen to join him for a stroll on the grounds of the hallowed Smithsonian Institution, the United States’ intellectual and aesthetic gem in the heart of that nation’s capital. We were rewarded by brisk but sunny winter weather, and had a lovely time. We met many interesting, well-mannered, and beautifully dressed people, including this lady, Capitaine Charette.
She is an American volunteer in the French Armee Aeronautique. She is generous of spirit and jovial in nature. In addition, if only half of what I have heard of her flying exploits is true, then she is surely fearless!
I have been corresponding with the Capitaine ever since, and she has graciously enlightened us as to her most recent bit of tinkering, a modification of her regulation headset and transmitter to include a time compass and ipod nano. That information may be found here, In the Lab.
Dear young Mirabelle was sporting the new outfit she received at Christmas. Here she is, just before the Smithsonian security automaton removed her from the tree. I assure you, neither the tree nor the automaton were injured the the process.
Here, Herr vonHedwig (right) expostulates, while Mr. Falksen (far left) looks handsome and reserved.