Source: Birds Bakery“We have now invested in £160,000 to refit two of our East Midlands stores in the last two months, after our Mansfield store received a brand-new makeover in November,” said Lesley Bird, chief operating officer at Birds Bakery.“We are committed to investing in our stores to provide our customers with not only high-quality products and customer service, but we also want them to have a welcoming and pleasant experience when visiting a Birds store.”Birds is now offering a ring & reserve service, in which customers can call any store to place an order, pay over the phone and collect at their convenience.In addition, the bakery is gearing up for Christmas with a new festive van, which will deliver its cream cakes, freshly baked bread and pork pies.This follows the expansion of its home delivery service, with a new essentials pack and cheese selection range, to support those who will be entertaining at home or are unable to leave the house this year. Source: Birds Bakery(L-R) Shop assistant Theresa Dempsey, assistant manager Claire Barrett and shop assistant Natasha StolworthyBirds Bakery has reopened its Littleover branch after a refurbishment to “freshen up and modernise” the store.The newly revamped Derby store features a purpose-built hot serving counter, which allows the bakery to serve a wider range of hot food for customers to takeaway, as well as a high-grade coffee machine.Located on Burton Road, the site, which reopened last week, was last refurbished in 1996. It closed in late November to allow for renovation work.Birds Bakery, whose range includes freshly baked cakes, pork pies and chocolate treats, is offering takeaway food in line with current government restrictions. Social distancing and face covering rules are also in place. Source: Birds BakeryThe offering also includes traditional luxury Christmas packs, chocolate treats, mince pies with frangipane topping and tartlets.“We’d like to thank Marilyn Motors, which wrapped the van specially for Birds and created something bespoke just for us,” said sales and marketing director Mike Holling.“The van has received such a warming response already from locals, so it’s great that we can continue to use it throughout December for our home delivery service.”Birds is preparing to sell around 400,000 mince pies this month, the bakery added.
By Mike IsbellUniversity of GeorgiaFall, and especially October, was always a busy time back home. Dad hated to see anything go to waste. So Mom and Dad dried apples every year.They picked the apples from our trees and worked hard peeling and slicing them. They put several pieces of tin across three or four old sawhorses and spread the apple slices out on the tin to dry in the sun.Fall is still a busy time for a lot of folks. Apples and pumpkins signal the cooler weather. And that inspires folks to get outside and work in their yards.Mulch a littleIt remains the best time to plant and transplant woody and herbaceous ornamentals. By now the energy produced by the leaves this summer has been funneled to the roots for winter growth.Although the tops of plants are dormant in winter, the roots continue to grow throughout the winter. So when spring arrives, the plants are ready to explode with new growth.Dig and divide herbaceous perennials now. Wait until November to divide fall-blooming plants. If you can’t get around to all of these tasks this month, don’t worry. Divisions and transplanting can be done in November, December and January.No need to rushDon’t be too hasty to plant pansies. An ideal time to plant them would be from now to the end of November.Trees will soon be tossing their leaves for us to recycle as mulch. Shredded leaves stay put better on the landscape and don’t blow around like whole leaves. They also do a better job of holding moisture in the soil and insulating roots of plants from winter cold.Don’t forget to add an inch or two of new mulch to ornamental plantings to help protect them from the cold. It’s an exciting time in the Georgia landscape, a time to dig, divide and renew landscapes for next year.Yep, there is a lot going on in October. I just got back from visiting my mother up in north Georgia. I brought back a bushel of Mutsu apples for me and a bushel of Granny Smiths for my friend Anna.Anna has already started drying her apples.I haven’t had a chance to dry mine yet. I’ve been too busy. It is October, you know.
NORFOLK, Neb. – Every driver in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock division will be in the running for post-season cash awards from Big Daddy Race Cars.The Norfolk, Neb., chassis builder becomes title sponsor of the division’s Southern Region while returning for a fourth season in the same role in the Northern Region.Big Daddy will furnish a portion of the point fund to be paid to the top five drivers in the respective regions. All drivers must display two Big Daddy Race Cars decals to be eligible for point fund shares; those decals will be included in packets mailed beginning in March.“Adding this title sponsorship helps us gain exposure and hopefully sell more cars in another region, while giving something back financially to more drivers,” said Big Daddy owner Dale Bittner. “Our cars have finished consistently in the top 20 national standings. When I get on the IMCA website to check out points we typically have between five and eight cars in the top 20.”The first car Big Daddy built in 2005 was actually a Stock Car. Big Daddy-made Hobby Stocks have since raced to national, regional, state and special series titles in addition to numerous track championships.Tracks in the Big Daddy Race Cars Southern Region are in Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. Northern Region tracks are in Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming.Point fund checks will be presented during the national awards banquet in November.Information about Big Daddy-built chassis is available by calling 402 371-1927 or 402 841-4119, and on Facebook.“The success of the title role in the North has parlayed itself into expanding that footprint to the Southern region,” IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder said. “Big Daddy Race Cars has been very supportive of our Hobby Stock drivers since they began and this is just another step to demonstrate that support.”