A Zeiss-Ikon Surprise

I had always thought along the following lines. First there was Carl Zeiss. They made lenses. Then there was Zeiss Ikon. They made cameras – and then they didn’t. Of course there was the added complexity of the West and East German brands, but other than that it seemed fairly clear.

Then one day when we in Geneva our daughter was going out and gave us a set of keys so that if we left we could get back into the house. Imagine my surprise when I noticed one of the most famous names of all camera/lens manufacturers on, of all things, a key.

Apparently they made locks and keys as well as cameras (See here for more explanation). Who would have thought?

Taken with a Sony RX100 M3

In the wilds of darkest Patterson, NY

Some family members have recently been on safari in Africa and we’ve been receiving lots of lovely pictures from them. Although I’ve been on safari myself a couple of times it doesn’t look as if I’ll repeat the experience any time soon. So when I saw this group of elephants on a mantle in a Thai restaurant (Thai Elephant 2) I just couldn’t resist. It’s almost certainly the closest I’ll get to real thing for a while.

Taken with a Sony RX100 M3

Fanny Doolittle Antiques

Our friends had mentioned a great antiques store they’d found in Patterson, NY. It’s Fanny Doolittle Antiques and it’s truly magical. There’s fascinating stuff everyone and you have to look into every nook and cranny to ensure that you don’t miss anything.

One of the “nooks”.

Blue and white heaven. I’ve mentioned in earlier posts that my wife collects blue and white china. That was the primary reason our friends recommended the store to us. Needless to say we returned home with a few pieces.

Two heads are better than one.

Blue and white cat. My wife wasn’t wild on this one, but if you look behind it you’ll a portion of another object. It’s a larger, calico pattern blue and white cat and it now graces our dining room (See: Blue and White Cat)

And it’s on an historic site too! Mind you in our area it’s probably hard to find a site where George Washington didn’t camp.

Taken with a Sony RX-100 M3