Friday, 17 July 2015

Trip to Joiners Square / Trent Vale 17-07-2015


DY08 FFXBlurtonFentonCharterShelton Care Group
DY08 FFXFentonBlurtonCharterShelton Care Group
65729Magdalen Road, BlurtonTrent Vale, opp Chubb Way (Unmarked)22First Potteries

Today Matthew was going to the pub for his tea, but not before he had been out with his day service. Matthew got up around 08:00 and had toast and orange juice for breakfast. Just before 09:00 his transport to his day service turned up and it was Shelton Care Group DY08 FFX.

Shelton Care Group DY08 FFX in Blurton
we got on the bus and the bus set off onto the A5035. We went over the railway line into Trentham before turning at New Inn Lane. We turned into Pacific Drive and we picked up another service user before going back onto New Inn Lane. We returned along A5035 before turning left into Church Toad and forwards onto Blurton Road to Heron Cross. We turned right to go through the traffic lights and onto Heron Street. After crossing over the railway we turned left onto Christchurch Street before reaching our destination. In the morning Matthew went into the sensory and spent time using a computer. We went to fetch dinner from the chip shop. For dinner he had sausage chips and gravy from the chips shop. After dinner we went to the pub. Today we went to the pub in a Lucky Seven taxi. We turned on Christchurch Street and we crossed City Road onto Manor Street. At the end of Manor Street we turned left onto Victoria Road. At the roundabout in Joiners Square We went Straight across onto Lichfield Street and to our destination. Matthew went the toilet and had a can of Coke. Highlight of the bus sightings at the pub included First Potteries 63250 on a #6 to Hanley.

First Potteries 63250 in Joiners Square
When it was time to leave we returned to the day centre in a Lucky Seven taxi. We went down Lichfield Street and forwards onto Victoria Road. We went to the top turning sharp right onto City Road. We turned left into Glebedale Road and to our destination. When it was time to home home we climbed aboard Shelton Care Group DY08 FFX. We set off onto Glebedale Road and straight onto Station Bridge Road and Heron Street. In Heron Cross we went straight across onto Blurton Road and over the A50. We carried on into Blurton along Blurton Road and forward onto Church Road. We turned right onto Beaconsfield Road and arrived home just before 15:00. When Matthew got home he had toast and some limeade. We waited at home until just after 16:00. Today we were doing First Potteries 65729 which was on the 16:05 from Longton to Newcastle. We walked to the stop and a minute or two after it was due, as expected First Potteries 65729 came around the corner.

First Potteries 65729 in Blurton
We got on the bus with uncle Dave and we booked to Harpfields Road and we sat down towards the back of the bus. The bus set off on the A5035 and turned right. We crossed into Trentham and we turned into New Inn Lane. We passed First Potteries 40023 on a #21B to Trentham Gardens followed by First Potteries 37158 running out of service. In the distance we saw Stanton's of Stokes' new 'raspberry' coloured minibus YX05 FFY come out of Pacific Drive and running ahead of us up the Lane. We continued into Hanford and we passed First Potteries only remaining ALX200 Dart 40155. We went down Church Lane. We joined the A34 and went under the A500 into Trent Vale, passing First Potteries 60073 running late. In Trent vale we passed First Potteries 41521 on a #21B to Trentham. We turned right into Harpfields Road and we got up and got off the bus. Matthew got another picture of First Potteries 65729 as it carried on towards Newcastle.

First Potteries 65729 in Trent Vale
We crossed the road and we turned to see First Potteries 60193 on the final #22 turn.

First Potteries 60193 in Trent Vale
We walked back onto the A34 and we saw two Hanley bound #10's one after the other. First Potteries 65041 led Olympia liveried First Potteries 65038. Shortly behind those pair we saw Happy Days Van Hool coach MIB 580 & ABC Supreme Mercedes minibus N806 CRJ. We got to the pub and mum was waiting for us. Matthew had a brunch with bread and butter followed by toffee sponge pudding with custard. Whilst we ate highlights of the passing buses were Bennetts former Northern Irish Dart DCZ 7648 and Happy Days Van Hool coach MIB 580 & ABC Supreme Mercedes minibus N806 CRJ both retuning Southwards. After we had finished eating we went out to the car. We called Uncle Dave and we went to pick him up. We set off onto the A34 and onto the Northbound A500. At Sideway we joined the Eastbound A50 which we did to Heron Cross. We dropped into Fenton and picked up uncle Dave. After we had picked him up we went back through Heron Cross and over the A50 and we saw First Potteries 53209. We carried on along Blurton Road where we saw First Potteries 60073 on a Longton Bound #22. At Critchlows Corner we went forwards onto Church Road before turning left into Beaconsfield Drive. We got home at approximately 18:15. Matthew then chilled out on his computer looking at bus pictures and listening to music until bedtime around 00:00... Mark

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