Saturday, 30 December 2017

Trip to Hanley / Meir 30-12-2017
















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67632Fenton, opp Victoria SquareHanley BS6AFirst Potteries
67154Hanley BSFenton, Raglan Walk23AFirst Potteries
LS58 EYBFentonMeirCharterPremier Travel
LS58 EYBMeirFentonCharterPremier Travel


Today Matthew was in residential 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 and orange juice for breakfast. Whilst waiting to go to the day service First Potteries 67157 on a #23 to Hanley. Around 09:00 we set off on foot to the day centre. We walked onto Temple Street and onto Christchurch Street. We onto City Road we saw First Potteries 63099 on a #11 to Hanley.


First Potteries 63099 in Fenton
City Road and we walked up to the roundabout and we turned sharp left onto Victoria Road. We stood at the bus stop to wait for a bus towards Hanley. A few minutes later we saw First Potteries 67632 on a #6A to Hanley.


First Potteries 67632 in Fenton
We got on the bus and we booked to Hanley before we sat down. We set off down Victoria Road and we crossed over the A52 at Joiners Square. We ran up Lichfield Street and we crossed over the ring road. We then got up and got off the bus at the stop outside the bus station. Once off the bus we set off up Lichfield Street and across onto Tontine Street and we stopped at the pub. Matthew went to the toilet and then had a glass of Coke. For dinner Matthew had For dinner Matthew had a Chicken burger and fries followed by chocolate fudge cake and ice cream. Once we had finished eating we went up Tontine Street and onto Percy Street. We crossed over Stafford Street anot Piccadilly and we veered right into Brunswick Street. We crossed over Marsh Street into Clough Street and we went to the end and into Tesco. In Tesco Matthew did his weekly shop. Once we had done the shopping we set off onto the ring road on foot and we crossed over Broad Street. We had a brief stop at ther unconventional menagerie to loom at the animals and then we continued to walk around the ring road until we came to the bus station. In the bus station we saw First Potteries 65037 on a #101 to Stafford.


First Potteries 65037 in Hanley bus station
We also saw First Potteries 42553 on a #21A to the Trentham Hotel.


First Potteries 42553 in Hanley bus station
Matthew went tot the toilet and then they waited for a bus back to Fenton. When the bus appeared it was First Potteries 67154 on a #23A to Newstead.


First Potteries 67154 in Hanley bus station
Whilst we waited for the bus to be readied for service we saw First Potteries 67643 on an #7A to Biddulph. We got on the bus and we booked to Fenton. As the bus was empty Matthew took a picture inside First Potteries 67154 before we sat down.


Inside First Potteries 67154
We set off onto John Street and we turned left onto Bethesda Street. We crossed over the ring road and we ran down onto Regent Road and forwards onto Cleveland Road. We ran down though Shelton along College Road and we ran down to the railway station. We turned left onto Station Road and we ran part the railway station where we saw taxi minibus AX66 AXY in the railway station car park.


AX66 AXY in Stoke
We continued along Station Road before going right onto Glebe Street. After a brief stop we continued forwards onto Glebe Street and we followed the road around onto Church Street. We crossed the A500 and we ran under the railway line. After climbing up the hill we turned right onto Smithpool Road where we got up and got off the bus. We set off on foot up Temple Street and we returned to the residential unit. Matthew went up to his room to chill out and use his computer. Later on Matthew went out for tea in Meir. Transport for the trip was aboard Premier Travel LS58 EYB. We set off onto Temple Street and we turned right onto City Road. We ran towards Longton and we turned right onto the A50 link road. We joined the Eastbound A50 and we ran fast through Longton to Normacot where we came off the A50. After we crossed over the A50 we ran along Upper Normacot Road and turned left onto Upper Belgrave Road. We continued onto Meir Road and we went past the Premier Travel depot and we continued up to Grosvenor Road. We continued onto Waterhead Road and at the end we turned left onto the A520. We turned into KFC and we stopped for tea. Matthew went to the toilet and then they ordered some food. Matthew had a chicken burger and fries washed down with a cup of Coke. We sat in the window and we watched the traffic on the roundabout. Once we had finished eating we returned to Fenton on Premnier Travel LS58 EYB. We set off onto the A520 and at th roundabout we joined the Westbound A50. We ran fast through Normacot and Longton to Heron Cross where we came off the A50. We turned right onto Blurton Road and we went through the traffic lights onto Heron Street. We followed the road around to the left onto Station Bridge Road and we turned left onto Christchurch Street. We turned left onto Masterson Street and right onto Watkin Street. We ran onto Temple Street and back to the residential unit. Matthew went to his room to chill out and use his computer. Matthew looked at buses on the Internet and watched the television. Matthew had a bath and then had toast for supper. He then chilled out in his room until bedtime around 23:00... Mark.

Friday, 29 December 2017

Trip to Festival Park / Hanley 29-12-2017
















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DY08 FFXFentonFenton MacDonaldsCharterShelton Care Group
DY08 FFXFenton MacDonaldsFestival ParkCharterShelton Care Group
DY08 FFXFestival ParkFentonCharterShelton Care Group
BK13 YUFFentonHanleyCharterRoseville
BK13 YUFHanleyFentonCharterRoseville


Today Matthew was in the residential unit and he was going to his day service. 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 67632 on a #11 to Hanley. In the morning we went to Festival Park via McDonalds in Fenton. Transport for the trip was Shelton Care Group DY08 FFX.


Shelton Care Group DY08 FFX in Fenton
We set off onto Temple Street and we turned left onto Christchurch Street. We crossed over City Road onto Manor Street. At the end of Manor Street we turned left onto Victoria Road and we ran down the hill. We turned left onto the private road and we stopped at McDonalds. Matthew went to the toilet and they ordered some food. Matthew had a cheeseburger and fries washed down with a cup of Coke. Once we had finished eating we continued to festival park on Shelton Care Group DY08 FFX. We set off onto 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 Fenton on Shelton Care Group DY08 FFX. We set off out of Festival Park onto the roundabout and we turned right onto the Westbound A53. We came off onto Etruria Vale Road and we ran through to Snow Hill. We turned right onto Stoke Road and we ran through Shelton towards Stoke. We turned left into Station Road and we ran past the railway station before joined the A52. We ran along side the railway we turned left onto City Road. We turned right onto Smithpool Road and we turned left onto Temple Street back to the residential unit. Matthew went up to his room to chill out and use his computer. He also watched buses out of the window. We saw Intercity WF07 FFG going towards Longton.


Intercity WF07 FFG in Fenton
We also saw D&G bus 140 on a #1A to Wood Lane.


D&G 140 in Fenton
A few minutes later we saw Autocabs KN62 XTR going towards Stoke.


Autocabs KN62 XTR in Fenton
We also saw First Potteries 67638 on a #11 to Hanley.


First Potteries 67638 in Fenton
For tea Matthew had chicken curry rice and naan bread followed by apple crumble and custard and custard. Later on we went to Hanley. Transport for the journey was on Roseville BK13 YUF. We got on the bus and we set off onto Temple Street. At the end we turned right onto City Road. We ran towards Longton and at Victoria Place we turned left onto Victoria Road. We ran down the hill and we crossed over the roundabout at Joiners Square onto Lichfield Street. At the ring road we went around hanley in a clockwise diection and at the end of the road we stopped at the pub. Matthew went to the toilet and then had a glass of Coke. After spending a while chilling in the pub Matthew returned to Fenton on Roseville BK13 YUF. We set off onto the ring road and we ran anti-clockwise around the ring road to Lichfield Street. We ran down the hill and we turned right at at the roundabout onto the A52. We ran towards the railway station and then we followed the road to the right and along side the railway line. At the roundabout we turned left onto City Road. We turned right onto Smithpool road and left onto Temple Street and back to the residential unit. Matthew went up to his room to chill out. When Matthew got back he went up to his room. He used his computer and watched music videos on the Television. 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.

Wednesday, 27 December 2017

Trip to Apedale / Crewe 27-12-2017
















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DY08 FFXFentonApedaleCharterShelton Care Group
DY08 FFXApedaleCreweCharterShelton Care Group
DY08 FFXCreweFentonCharterShelton Care Group


Today Matthew was in the residential unit and he was going to his day service. He was also going to visit uncle Dave later on for a post Christmas buffet. 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 Bus 43 on a #40 to Longton. At 09:00 we went to Apedale. Transport for the journey it was Shelton Care Group DY08 FFX.


Shelton Care Group DY08 FFX in Fenton
We set off onto Temple Street and we turned left onto Christchurch Street. We turned left onto City Road and we ran down the hill. We turned right onto the A52 and we ran up towards the railway station. We went forwards onto Station Rod and at the end we turned right onto Stoke Road. We ran up the Hill into Shelton and we turned left onto Cemetery Road. At the end we turned left onto Shelton New Road and we ran up towards Hartshill. We turned right onto Ford Street and onto Gladstone Street. We crossed over the A53 onto the B5369 and we ran through Dimsdale and we crossed over the A34. At the bottom end of Chesterton we went onto Loomer Road and we ran through to Apedale. Matthew went to the café and used the toilet and then had a glass of Coke. After we had finished we returned to Shelton Care Group DY08 FFX for the journey to Crewe. We set off along Loomer Road and we crossed over the A34 onto the B5369. We ran through to the A53 and we turtned right. We turned left onto Victoria Street and we ran into Hartshill. We joined Hartshill Road and we ran down the hill into Stoke town centre. We went around the one-way system onto Elenora Street and we followed it around onto Copeland Street. We got onto to Glebe street towards the railway station and we turned right onto Lytton Street. We went past a yard where Crystal Shandelles double decker R759 DRJ was parked up. We turned left onto City Road and we went under the railway line and up the hill into Fenton. We turned left at Victoria Road and we ran down the hill. We crossed over the roundabout at Joiners Square onto Lichfield street and we ran up the hill towards Hanley. We went around the ring-road and we got onto the A50. We ran through Burslem and around the back of Tunstall High Street past the police station. We re-joined the High Street and ran through Sandyford. We ran through Goldenhill and down the hill into Kidsgrove. We went under the railway line and into Cheshire and we crossed over the A34 onto the B5077. We continued into Alsager and we ran forwards into Radway Green. We continued up Slaughter hill and we ran up to Haslington before running towards Crewe along the A534. We ran inti the town and past the railway station before turning right into Edleston Road. We ran into the centre of Crewe and we followed the road around onto Delamere Street. We walked past the bus station and we saw Arriva NW&W 2642 on a #38 to Macclesfield. We went to the pub on the corner of the street. Matthew went to the toilet and had a glass of Coke. For dinner Matthew a had a burger and fries followed by a warm chocolate fudge cake and ice cream. After we had finished we walked back through the bus station and we saw Arriva NW&W 4422 on a #84 to Chester. When we had finished we returned to Shelton Care Group DY08 FFX for the run back to Fenton. We ran back onto Edleston Road and we turned left onto the A534. We ran past the railway station and we continued up towards Haslington. We turned right onto Slaughter Hill and we ran back through Radway Green and into Alsager. We continued over the A34 and into Staffordshire and we ran under the railway line into Kidsgrove. We ran up the hill into Goldenhill and we continued into Sandyford. We joind tunstall High Street and then we ran around the town centre and joined Scotia Road near to Asda. We ran up into Burslem and we continued along the A5o into Cobridge. We ran down the hill to the edge of Hanley and we went around the ring road to Lichfield Street. We ran down the hill to Joiners Square and we turned right onto the A52. We ran forwards past the railway station and we veered left towards Fenton. We turned left onto City Road and we turned right onto Smithpool Road. We turned left onto Temple Street and we returned to the residential unit. Mathew went up to his room to chill out whilst he waited for us to come and pick his to go to uncle Dave's. Whilst he waited he watched buses out of the window. We saw First Potteries 67631 on a #11 to Hanley.


First Potteries 67631 in Fenton
We also saw D&G Bus 32 on a #1 to Park Site.


D&G 32 in Fenton
We then saw First Potteries 63101 on a #11 to Hanley.


First Potteries 63101 in Fenton
A short while later we came to pick Matthew up. We set off onto Temple Street and we turned left onto Smithpool Road and we turned right onto Whieldon Road. At uncle Dave's house we watched some television and then lit a fire. uncle Dave set up the buffet and then we ate lots of food. Matthew had some mini sausage rolls and viscount biscuits as well as some satay chicken pieces. He also had some cocktail sausages and some chocolate fingers. After we got the fire going we had some toast cooked over the embers as the fire started to die down. He also drank some dandelion & burdock. Later on Matthew played on the computer before uncle Dave did a short DJ set. When it was time to go we got back into the car and we said goodbye to uncle Dave. As there are roadworks blocking part of the road we went down Whieldon Road. We crossed under the A500 and we saw Intercity BJ07 HXD. We turned right onto City Road and we crossed over the A500. We ran under the railway line and up the hill into Fenton. We turned right onto Smithpool Road and we turned left onto Temple street and back to the residential unit. We said goodbye to Matthew and he chilled out in his room. Matthew chilled out in his room watching television and using his computer. Later on Matthew emptied his bin into a bin bag. had a bath and then had toast for supper. Later on Matthew He then chilled out in his room until bedtime around 23:00... Mark.

Saturday, 23 December 2017

Trip to Northwich / Knutsford 23-12-2017









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4705Northwich InterchangeGreenbank, adj Greenbank Lane1Arriva NW&W
2611Greenbank, adj Greenbank LaneNorthwich Interchange1Arriva NW&W
4703Northwich InterchangeRudheath, Wright Avenue (cnr)2Arriva NW&W
4703Rudheath, Wright Avenue (cnr)Northwich Interchange2Arriva NW&W
F14 HOWNorthwich InterchangeKnutsford BS289Springfield's


Today we decided to re-visit Northwich. As one of the shortest days of the year, we decided to stay fairly local. We gave Matthew a choice of doing preserved PMT RE Bristol 207 or going to Northwich to get in a few of the new minibuses, and from the choices he chose to go to Northwich. We checked the weather for today and it was for a mild dry day with some sunshine. Matthew got up around 10:00 and had toast and orange juice for breakfast. We set off around 11:40 on the A5035 and we turned right onto Stanley Matthews way. Near to the BET365 Stadium we saw D&G Bus 170 on a #14 to Stafford. We joined the Westbound A50 and at Sideway we turned right onto the Northbound A500. As we travelled North we passed Stanton's of Stoke 5658 RU. We ran up to Junction 16 on the M6 and we got onto the Northbound side where we saw Omega Travel Group KX15 GFE go past us. It was busy on the M6 so we only went up one juction. On the M6 we saw an unidentified JP Coaches coach and Alfa 78. We came off the M6 onto the Westbound A534 and we turned right onto Congleton Road where we passed Arriva NW&W 4490 on a #38 to Macclesfield. We ran through the town centre and we joined the Northbound A533. We ran out of town past the railway station and up towards Middlewich passing Arriva NW&W 704 going towards Sandbach. Near to the town we saw FWL 781Y in a yard opposite the canal. In Middlewich we joined the Westbound A54 and we ran up to the Golden Lion where we stopped. In the car park is The Country Kitchen food van. Matthew had a bacon, egg and sausage barm washed down with a small bottle of Coke. Once we had finished eating we ran Northwards up the A54 and we turned right onto the A533. We followed the road right into Northwich town Centre and we turned turned right onto Watling Street. We passed the bus Interchange and we saw Arriva NW&W 4702 on a #29B to Leftwich and network Warrington 66 on a #45 to Warrington. We turned left onto Crum Hill and we parked up in the car park behind the Seafarer. We said goobye to mum and we walked onto Watlin Street. Across the road work is being carried out on the civic buildings. We stopped at the market and Matthew used the toilet. In the Interchange we saw required Arriva NW&W 4705 on a #1 to Weaverham.


Arriva NW&W 4705 in Northwich Interchange
We decided to do the Mellor bodied minibus, and whilst we waited for it to be readied for service we saw dud Arriva NW&W 2620 on a #82 to Chester.


Arriva NW&W 2620 in Northwich Interchange
When it was ready for service we got on Arriva NW&W 4705 and we brought Arriva NW&W Day Saver ticket at £5.50. We sat down towards the back of the bus and we set off along Watkin Street. We turned right onto Chester Way and we continued around the one-way system over the river Dane. We turned left onto Castle Street. We continued onto Chester Road and we went under the railway line and we got up and got off the bus. Matthew took another picture of Arriva NW&W 4705 as it continued towards Waeverham.


Arriva NW&W 4705 in Greenbank
It took a couple of minutes to cross the road as the road was very busy. Once we got across the road we waited for the bus back to Northwich. A few minutes later we saw a Plaxton Centro approaching. As it got closer we saw that it was dud Arriva NW&W 2611.


Arriva NW&W 2611 in Greenbank
We got on the bus and we flashed the Arriva NW&W Day Saver ticket to the driver before we sat down towards the back of the bus. The bus set off along Chester Road and under the railway line. We continued onto Castle Street and forwards onto the one-way system. We followed the A533 to the right and we crossed over the river Weaver and we ran forwards onto Watlin Street and into the Interchange. We let the bus empty and Matthew took a picture inside Arriva NW&W 2611.


Inside Arriva NW&W 2611
We got off the bus and we had a look around for something else to catch. We saw Arriva NW&W 4703 on a #2 to Rudheath.


Arriva NW&W 4703 in Northwich Interchange
We decided to do required Arriva NW&W 4703 so we got on and we flashed the Arriva NW&W Day Saver ticket to the driver before we sat down towards the back of the bus. The bus set off along Watling Street and we turned left onto Meadow Street. We followed the road around onto Witton Street and we crossed over Venables Road and we continued along Witton Street and onto Chester Way. We crossed over the roundabout onto Station Road and we continued Southwards out of town onto Middlewich Road. We turned right onto East Avenue and we ran around the estate. We ran onto Belmont Road and across the roundabout onto Malpas Road. We turned left onto Middlewich Road and we ran up to the railway station,. We crossed over Victoria Road onto Station Road and at the roundabout we turned left onto Chester Way. We followed Chester way around the one-way system and we crossed over the Weaver and came back into town onto Watling Street and into the bus interchange where we got up and got off the bus. Matthew went to the toilet and then we waited for another bus to catch. After we waited for a while we saw dud Arriva NW&W 4105 on a #31 to Crewe.


Arriva NW&W 4105 in Northwich Interchange
A few minutes later we saw Network Warrington 51 on a #45 to Warrington.


Network Warrington 51 in Northwich Interchange
A few minutes later we saw required Arriva NW&W 4701 on a #4 to Barnton.


Arriva NW&W 4701 in Northwich Interchange
Matthew turned doing doing the required minibus and I suspected that he wanted to do something different. A few minutes later we saw required Arriva NW&W 3161 on a #37 to Sandbach.


Arriva NW&W 3161 in Northwich Interchange
We also saw Springfield F14 HOW which was on the #289 to Altrincham.


Springfield F14 HOW in Northwich Interchange
Matthew decide he wanted to do this bus even though we didn't have a ticket for it. I thought we could do it to the station and then catch an Arriva bus back. We got on the bus and we booked to the railway station before we sat down towards the back of the bus. We set off along Watling Street and we went forwards onto Chester Way. We turned left onto Meadow Street jsu as the #2 bus had done. We followed the same route out of town along Witton Street and onto Chester Way. We crossed over the big roundabout onto Station Road and we turned left onto Manchester Road where we should have got up and got off the bus, but Matthew refused to get off. As such we ended up going to Knutsford. We travelled for around a mile to Lostock Gralam and ran around the village on Fryer Road and Townshend Road. We turned right onto Hall Lane and we ran North up to the B5391 where we turned right. We ran fast up the road in a North Western direct for around 3 miles before we got to the A556. The bus stopped and there was a driver change. We turned left onto the A556 and we did a u-turn on the roundabout over junction 19 of the M6, where we saw an unidentified Hamilton's coach and an unidentified Springfield coach which had tottenham Hotspur FC on the display. We Headed South down the A556 and we turned left onto the A5033. We crossed over the M6 and we ran into Knutsford. As we came into town we saw PC Coaches EC14 PCC. We turned right onto King Edward Road and we ran forwards onto Toft Road past the railway station. We turned right onto Stanley Road and right into Bexton Road before entering the bus station. We got up and got off the bus an Matthew got another picture of Springfield F14 HOW.


Springfield F14 HOW in Knutsford bus station
We saw D&G Bus 156 on a #88 to Wilmslow. Once of the bus we went to find a toilet. The original disabled toilet was out of use and we screwed shut. There was a new toilet at the other end of the block but this didn't have a RADAR lock fitted. Matthew used the toilet and then we returned to the bus station. There wasn't another bus back to Northwich for nearly 2 hours! We decided to go and walk to the railway station to see if there was a train back to Northwich. We walked onto Toft Road and we turned right. After crossing over the crossing we walked over to the railway station to see if the was a train to Northwich due. There was a train at 17:01 in around 15 minutes but Matthew made it clear that he wouldn't do a train. We walked around the corner to the Shell petrol station and Matthew brought a can of Coke and a couple of chocolate bars. We retruned to the bus station and we saw D&G 150 which was about to work a #88 to Wilmslow.


D&G 150 in Knutsford bus station
We also saw D&G Bus 152 on a #300 town circular service.


D&G 152 in Knutsford bus station
As there wasn't a way back to Northwich we contacted mum to come and pick us up. We sat in the bus station and Matthew ate a Crunchie. A short while later mum arrived in the car park of Booth's and we got in the car. Mum was waiting with Greggs sausage rolls and a bottle of Irn Bru. We set off out of the car park onto Bexton Road and we turned left onto King Edwards Road. We turned left into Gaskell Avenue and right into Stanley Road. We ran West along the A5033 and we crossed over the M6. We joined the Northbound A556 and we joined the Southbound M6 at junction 19. We travelled southwards through the roadworks and we were passed by The Traveller Choice PO15 KTL.


The Travellers Choice PO15 KTL on the M6
We also saw silver minibus DX13 YWC, taxi minibus KS17 JWC, an unidentified Parks of Hamilton coach / HSK 655 (#540) and an unidentified Go Travel coach. We came off the M6 at junction 16. We stopped briefly at the lay-by on the A500 so we could swao drivers and we ran Southwards down the A500. We heard on the football on the radio had just finished with a 3-1 win for Stoke City over West Bromwich Albion. As we travlled South we passed a few of the buses & coaches coming out of the BET365 stadium. We saw John Musso YK05 LFA, Stanton's of Stoke 614 WEH and First Potteries 32634(BS1) / 37158(BS1). We came off the A500 at Sideway and we went Eastwards up the A50 to Longton. We came off the A50 and we stopped at Tesco for Petrol. We crossed over the A50 and we headed to the spare ground where the Z Carz minibuses used to park. There were no buses there so we turned left onto Willow Row to see what was in the depot. We saw Z Carz minibus reg like DG10 WMG.


Z Carz YJ53 WPD in Longton
We also saw Z Carz Iveco minibus YJ53 WPD.


Z Carz YJ53 WPD in Longton
We joined the A50 and we turned left onto Heathcote Street. We continued onto Longton Hall Road and at the bottom we turned right onto Blurton Road. We stopped at St Mary's chip shop and we brought chips for tea and a couple of small bottle of pop for Matthew. We set off onto Blurton Road and we ran through Blurton before turning right onto Church Road. We turned right onto Beaconsfield Drive and we got home around 18:00. When we got home Matthew had 2 small sausage s with chips and gravy followed by a jam filled shortcake biscuit. Matthew chilled out on his computer and we did some more of the Blog and out our bus pictures online. Matthew went to bed around 01:00... Mark.

Friday, 22 December 2017

Trip to Fenton / Newcastle 22-12-2017
















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67656Magdalen 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 and orange juice for breakfast. Outside the residential unit was Shelton care Group DY08 FFX.


Shelton Care Group DY08 FFX in Fenton
Around 09:00 we set off on foot to the day centre. We walked onto Christchurch Street and up to the day centre. In the morning Matthew had his day centre Christmas party. They ate party food and watched Christmas DVDs. Matthew had egg sandwiches for dinner followed by a chocolate roll. In the afternoon Matthew went for a walk. We set off onto Christchurch Street and we cut past the houses onto Nelson Street. We turned left onto Watkin Street and left onto Marlborough Street. We turned left onto Clifton Street and back onto Christchurch Street and back to the day centre. Later on when it was time we returned to the residential unit. We set off onto Christchurch Street and we turned left onto Temple Street and back to the residential unit. After a short while I came to pick Matthew up. We packed a few essential item and we got in the car. 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 light s and we crossed over the A50 and we saw Lightning Travel W2 DLT. We continued through Blurton along Blurton Road and we turned right onto Church Street. We turned right onto Beaconsfield Drive and we got home around 15:00. When we got home Matthew had toast and a drink of Fanta orange. 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. A few minutes later the bus came around the corner. Our bus approached and we saw it was First Potteries 67656 on a #22 to Newcastle.


First Potteries 67656 in Blurton
We got on the bus and we booked to Newcastle. and as we sat down towards the back of the bus. We set off onto the A5035 and we went over the railway line into Trentham. We passed First Potteries 67603 on a #22 to Longton and we turned right into New Inn Lane. We passed First Potteries 42554 on a #21A to the Trentham Hotel and we turned right into Wilson Road. We turned left into Church Lane and we saw Hanford Manor SV09 ZYH. We joined the A34 and we headed into Trent Vale, passing First Potteries 67152 on a #21A to the Trentham Hotel. We turned right into Harpfields Road where we passed First Potteries 41500 on the final #22 to Longton and D&G Bus 41 on a #9 to Biddulph. We turned left into the hospital and we saw ABC Supreme minibus FV07 UGC and First Potteries 32648 on a #25 to Hanley. We turned right onto the A34 and a couple of stops down the road we got up and got off the bus. Matthew took another picture of First Potteries 67656 as it continued towards Newcastle.


First Potteries 67656 in Newcastle
We saw Abbey taxi's V700 ABY going towards the hospital and E-zec patient transport YN15 FFG going towards Newcastle. We crossed over A34 and we headed up the hill to Grandma's House. At Grandma's Matthew had a can of Irn Bru and used her computer. Matthew also ate some shortbread biscuits. We need to charge the phone so we got a cable out of the car and Matthew got some dandelion & burdock out of the boot which he gave to Grandma to use at Christmas. We said goodbye to Grandma around 17:30. We set off onto Victoria Street and we saw white minibus YK08 PVA. We turned left onto the A34. We ran down into Trent Vale. We stopped at the pub and we went inside. Matthew had a brunch with oatcakes followed by toffee sponge pudding with custard. Whilst we ate highlights of the passing buses included ABC Supreme DX08 FXL going Southwards & First Potteries 37146 on a #101 to Hanley and First Potteries 65041 on a #101 to Stafford & D&G Bus 42 running out of service towards Hanford. When it was time to go we got in the car to go pick up uncle Dave. We ran down the A34 and we joined the Northbound A500. We came off the A500 and Stoke and we returned South down the A500 and into Fenton to pick uncle Dave up. Once we had picked him up we ran up to Heron Cross. We crossed over the A50 and we continued into Blurton along Blurton Road. We turned right onto Church Road and we turned right into Beaconsfield Drive. We got home around 19:00. Matthew chilled out on his computer and we composed a few e-mails and sorted a few things out. Later on we dropped mum off in Dresden. We ran onto the A5035 and ran through Dresden to the edge of Longton. We turned left onto Spring Garden Road and we continued to Near the end. After dropping mum off we returned along Spring Gargden Road. We turned left onto the A5035 and we did a u-turn to head back into Dresden and Blurton. We got back around 20:00. We then chilled out on the sofa doing e-mails and writing the until bedtime around 01:00... Mark

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Trip to Hanley / Alsager 20-12-2017
















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DY08 FFXFentonFenton, Victoria PlaceCharterShelton Care Group
67655Fenton, Victoria PlaceHanley, Lichfield Street6AFirst Potteries
67152Hanley BSFenton, opp Albert Square23First Potteries
YN11 AHJFentonAlsagerCharterZ Carz
YN11 AHJAlsagerFentonCharterZ Carz


Today Matthew was in the residential unit and he was going to his day service. It was also uncle Bob's birthday. 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
Later on out of the window we saw Reeseheath College coach YN15 EKW. Matthew was going out on the bus. When it was time to go out we saw it was Shelton Care Group DY08 FFX. We set off along Temple Street and we turned right onto Christchurch Street and left onto Baker Street. We turned left onto Glebedale Road and right onto City Road. We turned sharp left onto Victoria Road. We got up and got off the bus by Victoria Road. A few minutes later we saw First Potteries 67655 on a #6A to Hanley. We got on the bus and we booked to Hanley before we sat down. We set off down Victoria Road and we crossed over the A52 at Joiners Square. We ran up Lichfield Street and we crossed over the ring road. We then got up and got off the bus at the stop outside the bus station. Matthew took a picture of First Potteries 67655 before it returned on a #6A to Blythe Bridge.


First Potteries 67655 in Hanley
Once off the bus we set off on foot into town to do some shopping. We set off onto Lichfield Street and we turned right into Old Hall Street. We stopped at B&M to do some shopping. Once had finished there we walked onto Stafford Street and we went to Wilko's. Having done some shopping in there we went onto Tontine Street and we walked up to Tontine Square and stopped at Wright's Pies. We brought a Manchester Tart and a can of Coke. We walked around the corner into Fountain Square and we stopped for dinner. Matthew had a breakfast and a glass of Coke. After we had finished eating we we walked around the corner onto Tontine Street and onto Lichfield Street and back to the bus station. We saw First Potteries 67631 on a #3 to Crewe. Matthew went to the toilet and then we waited for a bus back to Fenton. Whilst we waited we saw Arriva Midlands 3691 on a #164 to Market Drayton. A few minutes later we saw it was First Potteries 67152 on a #23 to Newstead.


First Potteries 67152 in Hanley bus station
We got on the bus and we booked to Fenton. As the bus was empty Matthew took a picture inside First Potteries 67152 before we sat down.


Inside First Potteries 67152
We set off onto John Street and we turned left onto Bethesda Street. We crossed over the ring road and we ran down onto Regent Road and forwards onto Cleveland Road. We ran down though Shelton along College Road and we ran down to the railway station. Due to a diversion we turned right onto Station Road and left onto Stoke Road. After crossing the A500 we got onto the one-way system and we turned left onto Copeland Street. We continued forwards onto Glebe Street and we followed the road around onto Church Street. We crossed the A500 and we ran under the railway line. After climbing up the hill we turned right onto Christchurch Street. We got up and got off the bus by the square. Once off the bus we walked back to the day centre. In the afternoon Matthew went out on Z Carz YN11 AHJ. We set off onto Glebedale Road and we turned left onto City Road. We ran onto the A52 and under the railway line before turning right onto the A500. We ran Northwards through Etruria and Longtport and we came off the A500 onto the Northbound A34. We ran up to Talke Pits and followed the A34 to the right. We passed through the West end of Kidsgrove and we turned left onto the A50. We ran through Church Lawton and we joined the B5077 and we travelled Westwards into Alsager. We stopped at the Asda and Matthew did some shopping. Once we had finished we returned to Fenton in Z Carz YN11 AHJ. We set off onto the B5077 and we ran Eastwards through Church Lawton and forwards onto the A50. We turned left onto the A34 and we ran through Kidsgrove and Talke and turned left onto the Southbound A500. We ran through Longport and Etruria and we came off the A500 in Stoke and we turned left onto the A52. We ran under the railway line and we ran up into Fenton on City Road. We turned right onto Smithpool Road and we turned left onto Temple Street and back to the residential unit. Matthew went upstairs to chill out in his room and use his computer. He also watched buses out of the window. We saw First Potteries 67636 on a #11 to Hanley.


First Potteries 67636 in Fenton
We also saw D&G Bus 119 on a #1 to Meir.


D&G 119 in Fenton
For tea Matthew had bacon sandwiches followed by a butterfly cake. Later on Matthew chilled out in his room. He also wrote Christmas cards out for his family and friends. Matthew used his computer and watched music videos on the television. 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.

Tuesday, 19 December 2017

Trip to Talke / Newcastle 19-12-2017
















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DY08 FFXFentonFentonCharterShelton Care Group
PO16 WCGFentonTalkeCharterIntercity
PO16 WCGTalkeFentonCharterIntercity
DY08 FFXFentonFentonCharterShelton Care Group


Today Matthew was in the residential unit and he was going to his day service. He was also going to see Santa. 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
Out of the window we saw Mikro NH05 CDH going towards Longton.


Mikro NH05 CDH in Fenton
Later on we saw OSSMA minibus HX11 EOF going towards Stoke.


OSSMA HX11 EOF in Fenton
When it was time to go we went to the day centre it was Shelton Care Group DY08 FFX. We got on the bus and sat down. We ran onto Temple Street and right onto Christchurch Street. We continued to the day centre. Matthew car to Aldi to do his weekly shopping. We set off onto Glebedale Road and right onto City Road. We turned sharp left onto Victoria Road and we stopped at Aldi to pick up Matthew's weekly shopping. After a quick run around the supermarket, We got back on the car We ran back up Victoria Road and we turned sharp right onto City Road. We turned left onto Glebedale Road and back to the day centre. For dinner Matthew had had a baked potato with tuna followed by cake. in the afternoon Matthew went it was Intercity PO16 WCG to Talke Freeport. We set off onto Christchurch Street and onto left City Road. We ran down the hill and under the railway line and we turned right onto the Northbound A500 and we saw Ladyline Coaches K811 EET. We carried on up to the A34 and we turned right. We went to the A34 and we turned left onto Talke Road. We crossed over the roundabout onto Oak Tree Lane and forwards onto Pit Lane. We stopped at Talke Freeport and after a brief stop to see Santa we headed back to Fenton. We set off onto Pit Lane and we saw First Potteries 67655 on a #4A to Kidsgrove. We continued onto Talke Road and we turned left onto the A34. At the next roundabout we turned left onto the A500. We travelled Southwards to Stoke and as we came off the A500 we saw Crystal Shandelles double decker R759 DRJ parked up in a yard by the canal. We came off the A500 We continued up City Road and we turned right onto Glebedale Road and back to the day centre. When it was time to go back to the day centre it was Shelton care Group DY08 FFX. We set off onto Christchurch Street and we turned left onto Temple Street and back to the residential unit. Once back at the unit Matthew went upstairs to use his computer and chill out in his room. We saw First Potteries 67604 on a #11 to Newcastle.


First Potteries 67604 in Fenton
For tea Matthew had Spaghetti and Tomato Sauce. Later on Matthew went to the disco in a car. We set off onto Temple Street and we turned right onto Christchurch Street. We turned left onto Baker Street and left onto Glebedale Road. We turned left City Road and we ran down the hill. We turned went onto the A52 and we went under the railway line. We crossed over the A500 and we ran onto the one-way system. We ran onto hartshill Road and we went up the hill into Hartshill and into Newcastle. We parked on Ironmarket and we walked up the road to the pub. Matthew went to the toilet and then had a glass of Coke. Matthew did some dancing and then returned to the car for the journey back to Fenton. We set off onto Jubilee Roundabout and we ran over onto the one-way system. We joined the A52 and we ran through Hartshill and down the hill into Stoke. We went around the One way-system around Stoke and onto Glebe Street. We followed the road around onto Church Street and we crossed over the A500. We went under the railway line and we ran up City Road into Fenton. We turned right into Smithpool Road and left into Temple Street and back to the residential unit. Matthew went back to the room and went on his computer. Matthew also did a menu plan for dinner and tea during Christmas and new Year week. 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.

Monday, 18 December 2017

Trip to Bucknall / Basford 18-12-2017
















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DE61 RUOFentonBucknallCharterLucky Seven
DE61 RUOBucknallFentonCharterLucky Seven


Today Matthew was in the residential unit and he was going to his day service. It was also the day that Matthew found out that Welsh bus operator D Jones & Son ceased trading. 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
Whilst waiting to go to the day service 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 we turned right onto Christchurch Street and to the day centre. At the day centre In the morning Matthew went to Hanley on Lucky Seven DE61 RUO. We crossed City Road onto Manor Street and at the end we turned left onto Victoria Road. We ran down the hill to Joiners Square and we turned right onto the A52. At Bucknall we followed the A52 to the right and we stopped at the pub. The food arrived and we started to eat. Matthew had an all day breakfast washed down with a glass of Coke. the A52 to the left. At Joiners Square roundabout we turned left onto Victoria Road At the top of the hill we turned sharp right onto City Road and then left onto Glebedale Road and to the day centre. In the afternoon Matthew went to the pub. We set off onto Christchurch Street and to the pub. Matthew used the toilet and then had a glass of Coke. When we had finished in the pub we walked back along Christchurch Street and to the day centre. When it was time to go back to the residential unit we set off onto Christchurch Street and we turned left onto Temple Street. Matthew went back up to his room to chill out on his computer and watch buses out of the window. We saw First Potteries 63179 on a #11 to Hanley.


First Potteries 63179 in Fenton
We also saw blue minibus BK67 YGC going towards Hanley.


BK67 YGC in Fenton
A few minutes later we saw Trinity Sixth Form EU67 NZB going towards Stoke.


Trinity Sixth Form EU67 NZB in Fenton
Later on we saw Harry Shaw YN15 EKY going towards Stoke.


Harry Shaw YN15 EKY in Fenton
A few minutes later we saw Stoke-on-Trent city council welfare bus LK17 DXC.


Stoke-on-Trent city council LK17 DXC in Fenton
We then came to pick Matthew up to take him out for tea. After spending some time getting ready we went out to the car. We set off onto Temple Street and we turned left onto Christchurch Street. We turned left onto City Road and we ran down the hill onto the A52. We ran down the hill under the railway line and over the A500 into Stoke town centre. We ran around the one-way system and we ran up Hartshill Road through Hartshill. We continued along the A52 to the edge of town where we passed Anthony's Travel CB14 ANT. We turned right into Albert Street and at the traffic light we turned right onto A53 and we stopped at the pub. Matthew went to the toilet and then we found mum who had saved us a table. I ordered the food and Matthew had a glass of Coke whilst we waited. The food arrived and Matthew had a burger and fries. He also helped us eating the some of our chicken new yorkers. Whilst we ate we saw First Potteries 65040 on a #4 to Audley. For dessert Matthew had Chocolate fudge cake and ice cream. After we had finished eating we left the pub and went to the car. We turned left onto the A53 and ran through Basford down to Etruria. We turned left onto the A500. We came of the A500 in stoke and we turned left onto City Road. An we ran up the hill into Fenton. We turned left onto the private road on which the baths are situated and we dropped mum off outside the baths. We turned around and we ran back to City Road. We turned left and we turned right into Smithpool Road. We turned left Temple Street and back to the residential unit. We went up to Matthew's room and we wrote some of the Blog. After doing a couple of entries I left and Matthew chilled out in his room watching television and using his computer. Later on Matthew emptied his bin into a bin bag. had a bath and then had toast for supper. Later on Matthew He then chilled out in his room until bedtime around 23:00... Mark.