This has been a bumper year in the Bow Street Community Garden for pot marigolds, or calendula officinalis to give them their proper name. The bees have been hard at work, so lots of flowers has meant lots of seeds, and we have been harvesting since July, mixing seeds from the orange and the yellow flowers.
Now, as summer draws to a close and the nights draw in, we have turned to an indoor job–printing seed packets ready for sale from our table at the 2013 Oxford Fine Press Book Fair at Oxford Brookes University on 2-3 November. There you will also find our wood-type postcards–if you look closely, one is displayed in the photo–and a fresh harvest of new books, too!
Incline Press dogs Red and Skipper joined in the festivities, or perhaps we should say the ‘presstivities’ at Presstival, the Whittington Press Open Day on Saturday September 8th, when they found themselves ribbon-winners at the annual Village Fete Dog Show. Artist Nick Wonham (illustrator of our latest book Steel Horizon) and his family took Red and Skipper to the Fete Dog Show, where they won two ‘Special Mentions’, the first for ‘best brace’ (that’s a pair), the second another Special for Red who was one of the Dogs the Judges Would Most Like to Take Home. They also vied for the Happiest Dog: Skipper is often morose, but happy-go-lucky Red sulked at being asked to perform his happiness, so no ribbons there. Red received another knock-back in the Most Appealing Eyes competition. The judge informed Petra and Lily that Red had the smallest eyes she had ever seen, ‘even smaller than the small dogs!’ Afterwards we thought up a few cutting responses, but needless to say, Red lost out in that one too.
Still, we think they did quite well in this first attempt at the dog-show circuit. We’ve got our eyes on Crufts. When the next book is finished, maybe?