Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Trip to Tittesworth Reservoir / Hanley 18-04-2018
















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DY08 FFXFentonFenton AldiCharterShelton Care Group
DY08 FFXFenton AldiFentonCharterShelton Care Group
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Today Matthew was in residential and he was going to his day service. He was also going to visit uncle Dave later on. The council have brought a new council house on Langland Drive. Matthew got up around 08:00 and had toast and orange juice for breakfast. Whilst waiting to go to the day service we saw D&G 114 on a #1 to Meir. It was Z Carz NK58 AWH. We set off onto Temple Street and we turned left onto Chrsitchurch Street. We crossed over City Road. We turned sharp left onto Victoria Road and we ran down the hill to Joiners Square. We turned right onto the A52 and at Bucknall we continued onto the A5009 through Abbey Hulton. We continued through Milton and we joined the Northbound A53. We continued North Through Endon. We then ran through Longsdon and Ladderedge and we entered Leek town centre. We followed the A53 through the town centre and we went out the other side and up the hill to Blackshaw Moor where we turned left to run down the narrow road up to Tittesworth Reservoir. At the reservoir Matthew went to the cafe and had a piece of Victoria Sponge and a can of Coke. When we had finished we returned to Z Carz NK58 AWH. We ran back onto the A53 and we ran back through Leek town centre and back towards Stoke-on-Trent along the A53. We stopped at the Co-operative Food store in Badderley Green and Matthew picked up bottle of Coke. Once the shopping had been paid for we got back into Z Carz NK58 AWH for the return Journey to Hanley. We went North up the A53 We passed under the A5272 and past the site of a new building and down to Cobridge. At the lights we turned left onto Waterloo Road. We ran down to the ring Road and then we ran around Hanley before going onto Lichfield Street. We ran down to Joiners Square and we continued onto Victoria Road. We ran up to the top and we turned sharp right onto City Road. We ran down to Smithpool Road and we turned left. We turned left onto Temple Street and back to the residential unit. Matthew went up to his room to use his computer and watch buses. We saw white going towards Hanley.


white in Fenton


Intercity SF58 NTC in Fenton


First Potteries 63172 in Fenton


ABC Supreme MV60 RCX in Fenton


First Potteries 63176 in Fenton


First Potteries 67151 in Fenton


E-zec patient transport YJ16 GHB in Fenton


Shelton Care Group DY08 FFX in Fenton
We set off onto Temple Street and we turned left onto Christchurch Street. We crossed City Road onto Manor Street and we ran to the end where we turned left onto Victoria Road. In the shop Matthew picked up his weekly shopping and then went out for tea on Shelton Care Group DY08 FFX. We ran down Victoria Road and we ran up the hill. At the top we turned sharp right onto City Road. we turned left onto Smithpool Road and we turned left onto Temple Street Temple Street and we turned left onto Smithpool Road and we turned right onto Whieldon Road. We got up and got off the bus and went to the house. For tea Matthew had chicken, potatoes and carrots followed a couple of slices of chocolate cake. Matthew also had a can of orange Fanta and some digestive biscuits. Matthew chilled out and listened uncle Dave's DJ set until

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Trip to Tunstall / Birches Head 17-04-2018
















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DY08 FFXFentonBirches HeadCharterShelton Care Group
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Today Matthew was in the residential unit and he was going to his day service. Matthew was also going out to the disco later. Matthew got up around 08:00 and had toast for breakfast. before Matthew went to the day centre he watched buses out of the window. whilst waiting for the time to go to the day centre, we saw Shelton Care Group DY08 FFX.


Shelton Care Group DY08 FFX in Fenton


First Potteries 65706 in Fenton


Z Carz PO55 URU in Fenton


E-zec patient transport SF16 EFY in Fenton
Around 09:00 we set off on foot to the day centre. We walked onto Temple Street and right onto Christchurch Street. At the day centre


YJ51 ELU in Fenton
In the morning Matthew we to the Chatterley Whitfield on Z Carz BN61 RWK. We set off onto Glebedale Road. city Road and down the hill to the A52. We ran under the railway line and we turned right onto the Northbound A500. We ran up to the A527 and we ran Eastwards around the top end of Tunstall towards Pitts Hill. We stopped at the pub and Matthew went the toilet had a glass of Coke. For tea Matthew had bacon and cheese burger followed by a chocolate fudge cake and ice cream. When it was time to go back to Fenton we returned on Z Carz CE02 LYX. We set off along the A527 around the North end of Tunstall and we ran down to the A500. We travelled southwards to Stoke and we cams off the A500 onto the A52. We ran under the railway line and up City Road before turning right onto Smithpool Road. We turned left onto temple Street and back to the residential unit. For tea Matthew had chips and beans followed by a Bakewell Tart. Matthew then went to his room to get ready to go out. Whilst we waited we saw First Potteries 63172 on a #11 to Hanley. Tonight Matthew went out to the disco in a car and we saw Stanways HSV 193 going to Hanley. We set off onto Temple Street and we turned right onto Christchurch Street. We turned left onto Baker Street and left onto Glebedale Road. At the end we turned right onto City Road. At the roundabout we turned sharp left onto Victoria Road. We ran down the hill to Joiners Square. We turned right onto the a52 and we ran up to Bucknall. At the lights we went straight on, forwards onto the A5009 and we ran through Abbey Hulton. We turned left onto Birches Head Road and we stopped at the disco. Matthew went to the toilet and had a drink of Coke and did some dancing. When it was time to go back to Fenton we travelled back on Shelton Care Group DY08 FFX. We got on the bus and we set off onto Birches Head Road. We turned right onto the A5009 and we ran down through Abbey Hulton To Bucknall. We ran forwards onto the A52 and up to Joiners Square. We turned left onto Victoria Road and right onto Manor Street. We turned right onto City Road and we ran down to Smithpool Road. We turned left onto Temple Street and back to the residential unit.

Saturday, 14 April 2018

Trip to Bilston / Dudley 14-04-2018



























































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Today we decided to re-visit Bilston. We hadn't been to the West Midlands for quite a while now, so I suggested to Matthew that we return to Bilston and he said yes. Research for the trip consisted of checking the weather for today which was for cool mild air with some sunshine. Matthew got up around 09:30 and had toast and orange juice for breakfast. We set off around 11:30 onto the A5035 and we ran over the railway line into Trentham. We turned right onto the Northbound A34 and we ran up to Hanford where we passed First Potteries 67636 on a #22 to Longton. We turned left onto the A500 and we ran down to the juncrion with the A519/M6. We joined the Southbound M6 and we ran for 30 odd miles down to the West Midlands. As we travelled Sourgwards we saw Guru Travel R443 FWT, an unidentified Leon's coaches coach, Harry Shaw (Reeseheath College) YN15 EKY, An unidentified Amans Travel coach, The Travellers Choice 7351 RU & silver minibus GE07 PAR. We left the M6 at junction 10 and we went Westwards along the A454. We ran forwards onto the A463 and as we approahed Bilston we joined the Northbound A41. We turned left onto Church Stree and we followed it around onto Walsall Street where we parked up. We walked back onto Church Street and into Bilston Interchange. As we entered the Interchange we saw National Express West Midlands 810 on a #43 to West Bromwich.


NX West Midlands 810 in Bilston interchange
Also we saw National Express West Midlands 4133 on a #82 to Dudley.


NX West Midlands 4133 in Bilston interchange
We went into the Interchange and Matthew used the toilet. We met up with mum who was ordering food for dinner. Matthew had a breakfast with an addition portion of sausages on toast. He also helped mum with her susage and bean toastie. Matthew washed down his food with a can of Coke. When we had finished Matthew brough another small bottle of coke for later and we said goodbye to mum. We walked out of the cake and we went outside to see what we could catch. We saw Banga Travel V258 DRB on a #530 to Rocket Pool.


Banga Travel V258 DRB in Bilston interchange
A short time later we saw required National Express West Midlands 4312 on a #82 to Dudley.


NX West Midlands 4312 in Bilston interchange
We decided to do this bus so we walked around the corner to the appropriate stand and we got on the bus. We booked nBus network tickets at £4.30 each and we went upstairs. The rear of the bus was empty so Matthew took a picture inside National Express West Midlands 4312 before we sat down.


Inside NX West Midlands 4312
The bus set off out of the interchange and we went Southwards onto the A41. We turned right onto Loxdale Stree and over the tram line, going forwards onto Salop Street. We trundled through undulating housing estates full of near identical semi-detached houses and we went over the railway into Coseley. We stopped in the village briefly and we were overtaken by Rotala Diamond 20743 on a #229 to Sedgley. We were stopped outside a tanning shop where top body builders were having a conversation. There was a sign that said 'Tan of your life' and it made me thing of the moneysupermarket advert, He-man and Skeletor! We crossed a dual carriageway and we went through a small village called Roseville and we traveled South again through yet another housing estate of semi-detached houses. Eventually we joined a main road and we went South-Westwards into Dudley town centre. We turned right into the bus station and we got up and got off the bus. Once off the bus we went to find the toilet but it had been vandalised and was under repair. We walked to the East end of the bus station and in the layover area there we saw National Express West Midlands 5408 on layover in between runs on the #1 to Wolverhampton.


NX West Midlands 5408 in Dudley bus station
We walked around the South side of the bus station and we spotted required National Express West Midlands 3304 on a #246 to Stourbridge.


NX West Midlands 3304 in Dudley bus station
We decied to do the Stourbridge bus so we got on and we flashed the nBus day ticket to the driver before we went upstairs. The rear of the bus was empty so Matthew took a picture inside the upper saloon of National Express West Midlands 3304 before we sat down towards the back of the bus.


Inside NX West Midlands 3304
We set off Southwards and we turned right onto Flood Street and forwards onto King Street. We ran forwards onto the A4101 and we ran South Westwards to the roundabout with the Pagasus statue. continued along the A4101 to the next roundabout and we turned right into Russells Hall hospital. We came back out of the hospital and we crossed over the A4101 onto Pensett Road. At the next junction we turned right onto Stourbridge Road towards Brierly Hill. About 1/2 down the road we saw former Stanton's of Stoke minibus VU06 KFA. We continued through Brierley Hill and forwards onto Church Street. Further West we went forwards onto Brettell Lane. We turned left onto High Street and we ran the last mile or so towards town. We joined the ring road and we ran to the South Eastern corner of town to the Transport Interchange. We climbed a short ramp and we entered the interchange where we saw National Express West Midlands 4198 broken down. We got up and got off the bus and we had a look around. We walked around the West side of the interchange and we saw Rotala Diamond 20574 on a #299 Pedmore Fields circular.


Rotala Diamond 20574 in Stourbridge Interchange
We walked around to the North side of the interchange to see National Express West Midlands 4198 receiving some attention.


NX West Midlands 4198 in Stourbridge Interchange
Also seen was dud Rotala Diamond 30972 on a #125 to Bridgenorth.


Rotala Diamond 30972 in Stourbridge Interchange
We had this bus back in February 2017 when it was Central Buses 255 from Bewdly to Kidderminster. We walked up to the North end of the interchange to the railway and we saw Parry People Mover 139001 arrive. We returned to the bus side of the interchange so we could decided what to catch next. A few minutes later we saw required National Express West Midlands 6109 on a #9 to Birmingham.


NX West Midlands 6109 in Stourbridge Interchange
We got on the bus and we flashed the nBus day ticket to the driver before we went upstairs and sat down. The bus set of out of the interchange onto the A458. We ran Eastwards for around 2 miles into Lye. In the town we saw a yard of minibuses followed by the Prospect Coaches depot. We continued along the A458 for another 4 miles through Cradley and into Halesowen. We turned right onto the High Street and we went into the town centre to the bus station. We got up and got off the bus and we crossed over the road to get a few pictures. Behind us was required National Express West Midlands 6103 on a #9 to Birmingham.


NX West Midlands 6103 in Halesowen bus station
We crossed back over and walked up the High Street to a shop. Matthew had a can of Coke and a can of Barr raspberryade as well as a coupke of chocolate bars. We walked back to the bus station and we decided to catch something up to the Merry Hill shopping centre which was back in the right direction towards Bilston. We stood at the stop to wait for a 002 service, but whilst we waited we saw National Express West Midlands 6715 on a X10 service to the Merry Hill shopping centre.


NX West Midlands 6715 in Halesowen bus station
We walked around the corner to the right stop and we got on the bus. We flashed the nBus ticket to the driver before we went upstairs. The rear of the top deck was empty so Matthew took a picture inside National Express West Midlands 6715 before we sat down towards the back of the bus.


Inside NX West Midlands 6715
We set off out of the bus station and onto Queensway. We joined the Northbound A459 and We ran Northwards for a coupke of miles and into the centre of Old Hill. At the roundabout we went left onto the A4100. We ran Westwards for a couple of miles and stopped briefly at Cradley Heath Interchange. We left the interchange and we continued for mile or so up Quarry Bank to Merry Hill. We turned right onto the A4036 and left onto The Boulevard. We ran down the hill and forwards onto Times Square Avenue and into the bus station where we got up and got off the bus. Matthew wanted the toilet so we went into the shopping centre to use the facilities. Afterwards we returned to the bus station and we saw required National Express West Midlands 4553 on layover.


NX West Midlands 4553 in Merry Hill bus station
The plan was to head back towards Dudley so we went uo to tbe appropriate stop. A few minutes later we saw required National Express West Midlands 828 on a #222 to Dudley.


NX West Midlands 828 in Merry Hill bus station
We got on the bus and we flashed the nBus ticket to the driver before we sat down towards the back of the bus. The bus set off out of the bus station onto the Boulevards and we went past Asda and onto the Westbouned A4100. We continued onto Milss Street and we turned right onto Brierly Hill High Street. SAfter a brief stop we continued Northwards and we turned left onto the B4179. We turned right onto Blewitt Street an we headed North Eastwards up to Queen Street. We turned right onto Chapel Street and we ran through the estate onto the A4101. At the next roundabout we turned left and we entered the Russells Hall hospital. After a brief stop we returned onto the A4101 and we turned left onto Bushey Fields Road. We turned right onto Middlepark Road and left onto Overfield Road. At the end we turned right onto Russells Hall Road. We turned left onto Grange Road and we turnned right onto the B4176. We turned right onto Stafford Street and we ran onto High Street before coming into Dudley bus station from Birmingham Street. We got up and got off the bus. I was intending catching a #82 but Matthew had other ideas. A few mnutes later we saw National Express West Midlands 5421 on a #1 to Wolverhamnpton.


NX West Midlands 5421 in Dudley bus station
We got on the bus and we flashed the nBus ticket to the driver before we went upstairs. We set off out of the bus station and onto Castle Street. At the roundanout we turnd left onto the Northbound A459. We ran straight up the A459 through Sedgley to the edge of Wolverhampton. We crossed over the ring road onto Snow Hill and we ran forwards onto Market Street. Due to roadworks near to the bus station the bus terminated here. We got up and got off the bus and then Matthew took another picture of National Express West Midlands 5421 before it carried on towards tettenhall Wood.


NX West Midlands 5421 in Wolverhampton
Afterwards we also saw required National Express West Midlands 4139 on a #3 to Fordhouses.


NX West Midlands 4139 in Wolverhampton
Matthew wanted the toilet so we walked along Castle Street to the bus station. The toilets had been refurbished and should have been open, but the work had over-run and they were still closed. We were directed by staff to Costa Coffee over the road. Using the toilet ended up Costing abnother £5 as Matthew had to have cakes and a bottle of Pepsi. We returned to the bus station and there didn't seem to be a bus directlt to Bilston out of the bus station with the roadworks. We saw Selwyn's FN62 CCV.


Selwyn's FN62 CCV in Wolverhampton bus station
Afterwards we saw Bruce's Coaches FN63 PWK on a Plymouth bound service.


Bruce's Coaches FN63 PWK in Wolverhampton bus station
I persuded Matthew to leabe the bus station to walk to Bilston Street in attempt to get back to Bilston. On the way we saw Arriva Midlands 2150 on a #10 to Wolverhampton.


Arriva Midlands 2150 in Wolverhampton
By the police station we saw National Express West Midlands 6791 on a #126 to Birmingham.


NX West Midlands 6791 in Wolverhampton
Eventually we saw a bus to Bilston. It was required iGo KX57 FLJ on a #53 to Rocket Pool.


iGo KX57 FLJ in Wolverhampton
We got on the bus and we flashed the nBus ticket to the driver for the final time today. The bus was empty so Matthew took a picture inside iGo KX57 FLJ before we sat down towards the back of the bus.


Inside iGo KX57 FLJ
The bus set off along Bilston Street and onto the A41 and we travelled Eastwards out of town. We turned right onto the A4126. We crossed over the A41 and we ran North up Stow Heath Lane. We turned left onto the A454 and we started to head back towards Wolverhampton. It was at this point I check the timetable online. The bus was schedueled to take 50 minutes to get from Wolverhampton to Bilston. We turned right onto Old Heath Road and we ran Northwards upto New Cross Hospital. After going around the hospital we then went around Bentley Retail Park. We ran Northwards up WEll Lane to the Guru Nanak temple and we turned right into Alfred Squire Road. We turned right onto Neachells Lane and we ran Southwards. We crossed over the A454 again and we travelled through Portobello along Moseley Road. We turned right onto Proud's Lane and we ran to the edge of Bilston. We joined the A41 and we turned right onto Hall Street and we enetered the Interchange. We got up and got off the bus. Also in the bus station was National Express West Midlands on a #25 to Pendeford.


NX West Midlands 2015 in Bilston interchange
We walked through the Interchange onto Church Street. Matthew decide to go to the pub. He used the toilet and then had a can of Coke from the bar. We returned to the car and we met up with mum. We set off up Greencroft and at the end we turned right onto The Crescent. We turned right onto the A41 and headed Southwards. We turned left onto the A463 and we ran fast to the A454. When we reached the A454 we carried on over the flyover and a couple of mile later we were on the Northbound M6. As we travelled up the M6 we saw Barnes WA15 BVR, 4 Belgium aramy buses, 3 x Country Lion coaches (2 x Maroon, 1 x black red and gold). Kingdoms YOD 544, Happy Days 229 & Ausden Clarke CRZ 6377. We went North up to junction 15 and we came off onto A500. We ran North to the Sideway and then we went Eastwards along the A50 and we saw an unidentified Viking Coaches coach, an unidentified maroon double decker coach & Intercity WF07 FFG. We came off the A50 at Longton to see what was parked up at Z Carz this evening. The spare ground was empty tonight.


spare ground in Longton
We turned into Willow Row to see what we could see. We saw Z Carz Ford minibus FP06 WTW with cars parked in front of it. We re-joined the A50 and we ran Westwards to Heron Cross. We turned left onto Blurton Road and we ran down the hill into Blurton. In Blurton we saw Alfa 64 by the BP garage. We continued up to Chgurch Road and we turned right into Beaconsfield Avenue and back home at 19:30. For a late tea Matthew had bangers and mash with carrots followed by a jam filled shortbread bicuit. We did an e-mail and we wrote some of the Blog. Matthew went to bed around 00:00.... Mark.

Friday, 13 April 2018

Trip to Congleton / Newcastle 13-04-2018









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DY08 FFXCongletonFentonCharterShelton Care Group
67633Magdalen Road, BlurtonNewcastle, Opp Cherry Tree PH22First Potteries


Today Matthew was in residential and he was going to his day service. He was also going to see Grandma later on and going to the pub and returning to Blurton for a long weekend. Matthew got up around 08:00 and had toast for breakfast. before Matthew went to the day centre he watched buses out of the window. Across the road we saw Carrilion BG66 EKY parked up across the road.


Carrilion BG66 EKY in Fenton
Around 09:00 we set off on foot to the day centre. We walked onto Temple Street and right onto Christchurch Street. We continued along Christchurch Street and into the day centre. In the morning Matthew went out on Shelton Care Group DY08 FFX. We set off onto Christchurch Street and we turned right onto Masterson Street. We turned right onto Smithpool Road and then right onto City Road. We turned left onto City Road. We turned right onto Manor Street. At the end we turned left onto Victoria Road and we ran down the hill to Joiners Square. We crossed the roundabout onto Lichfield Street and we ran up the hill towards Hanley. We ran anti-clockwise around the ring road and we turned left onto Etruria Road. At the roundabout we turned left onto the Westbound along the A53. We crossed over the A500 and we ran up through Ettruria and Longport to talke. We came of the A500 onto the A34 and we ran Northwards up to Talke Pits. We cintinued onto the A5011 and forwards onto the A50. We ran past the Stanways Coaches depot and we turned right onto Church Lane. At the end we turned left onto the A34 and we ran to the edge of Congleton. We turned left onto Padgbury Lane and we stopped at the pub. Matthew had a chicken burger and fries with a glass of Coke. He also had chocolate fudge cake and ice cream. When we had finished we returned to Fenton on Shelton Care Group DY08 FFX. We set off onto Padgbury lane and we joined the Southbound A34. We ran South for a few mile past Kidsgrove. We turned left onto Mount Road and we ran up the hill to the Rookery. At the roundabout we turned right onto Pennyfields Road. We turned left onto High Street and we ran through Harriseahead. We ran up towards Mow Cop and forwards onto Congleton Road. We ran through Gillow Heath and into Biddulph. We joined the Southbound A527 and we wenat around the by-pass around Bidulph town cente. We continued Southwards through Knypersley into Brown Lees. WE continued Southwards through Brindley Ford and through Fegg Hayes. When we reached Chell we ran forwards trough Pitts Hill onto the tunstall by-pass and down to the A500. We ran Southwards through Longport and Etriuria and we saw Ladyline Coaches H83 DVM. We came off the A500 at Stoke. We ran up City Road into Fenton and we turned right onto Smithpool Road. We turned left onto Temple Street and we got up and got off the bus. Back at the residential unit we went upstairs to Matthew room to chill out and use the computer. A short time later I appeared to pick Matthew up and take him to Blurton for the weekend. Matthew got his pictures back onto his camera and we got ready to go back. We we outside and got in the car. Just before 15:00 we set off onto Temple Street and we turned right onto Christchurch Street. We turned right onto Station Bridge Road and we continued onto Heron Street. We went through the traffic lights and we crossed over the A50. We continued through Blurton along Blurton Road. We turned right onto Church Street. We turned right onto Beaconsfield Drive. We got home around 15:15. When we got home Matthew had toast and a can of Coke. Today we were catching the 15:56 to Newcastle as we were going to the pub via Grandma's House. We set off around 15:45 on foot to the bus stop all the way onto Magdalen Road. Whilst we waited we saw First Potteries 67636 on a #22 to Longton.


First Potteries 67636 in Blurton
A few minutes later the bus appeared and it was First Potteries 67633 on a #22 to Newcastle.


First Potteries 67633 in Blurton
We got on the bus and we booked to Newcastle we sat down towards the back of the bus. We set off onto the A5035 and we went over the railway line into Trentham. By the Trentham Hotel we saw First Potteries 67157 on a #21A to Hanley. We turned right into New Inn Lane and we ran up the hill into Hanford. We turned left into Wilson Road we ran down Church Lane to the A34. We crossed under the A500 and we saw First Potteries 67653 on the final #22 turn. We turned right into Harpfields Road and forwards on Hilton Road. As we travelled through the hospital we saw ABC Supreme DU60 XTB & Steven's Travel KS56 DSZ. We turned right onto the A34 and saw First Potteries 32648 on a #25 to Hanley. A couple of stops down the road we got up and got off the bus. Matthew took another pictue of First Potteries 67633 before it carried on to Newcastle.


First Potteries 67633 in Newcastle
We got off the bus and we saw another bus approaching. As it got closer we saw that it was D&G Bus 43 on a #9 to Newcastle.


D&G 43 in Newcastle
We crossed over the road we headed up the hill to Grandma's House. At Grandma's Matthew had a can of Irn Bru and used her computer. Around 17:50 we set off onto Victoria Street and we saw white minibus YK08 PVA. We turned left onto the A34. As we past the hospital we saw First Potteries 37158 on a #101 to Hanley. We continued down the A34 and we ran down into Trent Vale and we saw Queensbury GC14 OOE by the club. We carried on down the A34 and we went into the pub. Matthew had a brunch with oatcakes followed by toffee sponge pudding with custard. Whilst we ate highlights of the passing buses included ABC Supreme white minibus KX13 DZL going Northwards. We also saw First Potteries 65033 on a #101 to Hanley. Once we had finished eating we set off to pick up uncle Dave. We ran down the A34 and we joined the Northbound A500. We came off the A500 and we turned right onto the A50. We came off the A50 at Heron Cross and we dropped down into Fenton to pick uncle Dave up. Once we had picked him up we ran up to Heron Street and we crossed over the A50. We continued into Blurton along Blurton Road where we saw School's Out YG58 WFS. We turned right onto Church Road and we turned right into Beaconsfield Drive. We got home around 19:30. Matthew chilled out on his computer and we composed a few e-mails and sorted a few things out. We then chilled out on the sofa doing e-mails and writing the until bedtime around 01:00... Mark

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Trip to Longton / Festival Park 11-04-2018
















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SJ16 EOVFestival ParkHanleyCharterLucky Seven
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Today Matthew was in the residential unit and he was going to his day service. He was also going out on the bus to Longton. Matthew got up and had toast and orange juice for breakfast. Whilst waiting for time to got to the day centre Matthew spent time in his room watching buses. We saw First Potteries 63174 on a #11 to Hanley. Around 09:00 we set off on foot to the day centre. We walked onto Temple Street and right onto Christchurch Street.


Shelton Care Group DY08 FFX in Fenton
In the morning Matthew went out on the bus. We set off on foot onto Glebedale Road and we walked around the corner onto City Road. We walked up to the bus stop near to Philpott's and we saw D&G Bus 112 on a #1 to Park Site.


D&G 112 in Fenton
A short time later we saw Z Carz minibus YJ62 LSX going towards Stoke.


Z Carz YJ62 LSX in Fenton
We waited for a bus towards Longton. A few minutes later we saw First Potteries 63098 on a #11 to Hanley.


First Potteries 63098 in Fenton
We got on the bus and we booked to Longton before sitting down towards the back of the bus. We carried on along City Road and we continued forwards onto King Street we saw dud First Potteries 65040 on a #11 to Newcastle. We passed through Foley we saw Stoke-on-Trent council minibus LK17 DVV. We ran forwards into Longton and under the railway line into Longton town centre. The bus stopped on Market Street and we got up and got off the bus. Once off the bus we crossed over Market Street and onto Transport Lane. We went into the Bennett Precinct and we srop at The Plaice to Eat for dinner. Matthew had a breakfast washed down with a can of Coke. We continued into the Precnt and around the corner to Poundland. We went in and Matthew brought some dandelion and Burdock. We carried on through the precinct and out the other side into the car park. We went into Wilko's where Matthew brought home accessories. We continued past Wilko and around B&B and we walked onto the Strand. We continued down to the Srand and we turned left by Hylands and past the shops to Tesco. We went in and Matthew went to the cafe and had a cup of coke. Once we had finished in the cafe we walked though the car park back to the Interchange to wait for a bus back to Fenton. A few minutes later we saw D&G Bus 44 on a #1 to Park Site.


D&G 44 in Fenton
we got on the bus We booked to Fenton and we sat down. We set off out of the Interchange onto Baths Road and we turned left onto King Street under the railway line. We continued through Foley along King Street and into Fenton. We went forwards onto City Road and we got up and got off at the Travers Court bus stop outside the block of flats. Once off the bus we walked onto Temple Street and back to the residential unit. Matthew went upstairs to chill out in his room and use his computer, He also are a butterfly cake and watched buses out of the window. We saw E-zec patient transport minibus YJ16 GHB going towards Longton.


E-zec patient transport YJ16 GHB in Fenton
For tea Matthew had shepherds pie followed by treacle tart and custard. Later on we went to hanley in an Autocabs taxi. We set off onto We set off onto Temple Street and we turned right onto Smithpool Road. We turned right onto City Road onto Manor Street. At the end of Manor Street we turned left Victoria Road and we ran down the hill to Joiners Square. We crossed over the roundabout onto Lichfield Street. We ran up the hill towards Hanley and we joined the clockwise ring road. We ran around to Etruria Road and we turned left. We ran over the roundabout under the A53 and onto Festival Park. We turned left onto Marina Way and we stopped at the car park and Matthew went to the cinema. Matthew went to watch Jumanji. After watching the film Matthew returned to Hanley. Transport for the journey it was Lucky Seven minibus SJ16 EOV. We set off out off Festival Park onto the roundabout we turned left onto Festival Way and we crossed under the A53 onto Etruria Road we got up and got off bus on Etruria Road. We saw Daish Holidays BX11 GUG


Daish Holidays BX11 GUG in Hanley
We continued on foot up Etruria Road and we turned right onto Marsh Street where we saw First Potteries 67643 on the #7A to Biddulph. We veered left Pall Mall and we went past the town Hall on Albion Street. We turned right Lichfield Street and we went back to the bus station to wait for a bus back to Fenton. We saw First Potteries 67151 on a #23 to Newstead. A few minutes later we saw First Potteries 67651 on a #6 to Meir.


First Potteries 67651 in Hanley
We got on the bus we booked to Fenton before sitting down towards the back of the bus. We set off up Lichfield Street and we turned right into Birch Terrace. We followed the road around to the left onto Charles Street. At the top we turned right onto Old Hall Street before turning right onto the ring road. We turned left onto Lichfield Street and we ran down the hill to Joiners Square. We crossed the roundabout onto Victoria Road and we ran up the hill into Fenton. At the top of the hill we got up and got off the bus. Once off the bus we set off on foot up Victoria Road and we went sharp right onto City Road. We turned left onto Christchurch Street and we turned right onto Temple Street and back to the residential unit. Matthew went upstairs and back to his room. Matthew used his computer and watched television in his room. Later on Matthew had a bath and then had toast for supper. He then chilled out in his room until bedtime around 23:00... Mark.