Monday, 30 April 2018

Trip to Festival Park / Stoke 30-04-2018
















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DY08 FFXFentonStokeCharterShelton Care Group
DY08 FFXStokeFentonCharterShelton Care Group


Today Matthew was in Blurton and he was going to his day service. Later on he was returning to the residential unit. Matthew got up around 09:30 and had toast and orange juice for breakfast. We then went out shopping in the car. We set off through Blurton along Beaconsfield Drive and left onto Church Road. We turned left onto Blurton Road and we carried on up to Heron Cross and we joined the Westbound A50. At the roundabout at Sideway we went North up the A500 and we joined the Northbound carriage way. We came off the A500 at Wolstanton and we went to the Asda. Matthew went to the toilet and then did some shopping. Once we had finished shoppuing we went for dinner at Morrison's in Festival Park onto the A500 at Etruria and we went onto the Eastbound A53. We turned left into Festival Park. We turned right onto Ridgehouse Drive and we went to Morrisons. Matthew went to the toilet and then went to the cafe. Matthew had a breakfast and a drink of coke. When we had finished we set of onto Pavillion Drive and we joined the Northbound A53. We joined the Southbound A500 and we ran through Stoke. As we went towards Sideway we passed ABC Supreme HN16 YUJ. We left the A500 at Sideway. At Sideway we turned right onto the Eastbound A50. We came of the A50 at Heron Cross. We ran into Blurton along Blurton Road and we veered right onto Church Street. We turned right onto Beaconsfield Drive we saw First Potteries 67650 on a #22 to Longton. We got back to Blurton around 14:00. When we got home Matthew had a can of Cherry Coke and chilled out on his computer until it was time to go to the residential unit. We set off onto Finstock Avenue and onto Beaconsfield Drive passing First Potteries 41501 on the #22 on to Newcastle. We continued along Beaconsfield Drive and we turned left onto Church Road and left again onto Blurton Road. We went through the traffic lights onto Heron Steeet. We carried on forwards onto Station Bridge Road we saw First Potteries 67151 On the #23A to Newstead. and we turned left onto Christchurch Street. We turned left onto Masterson Street and we turned right onto Watkin Street. We continued onto Temple Street and back to the residential unit. When we got there we saw Roseville WG17 XRM parked nearby.


Roseville WG17 XRM in Fenton
We went into the residential unit and upstairs to Matthew's room. We sorted out Matthew things and then I said goodbye to him. He chilled out on his computer and watched buses from the window. We saw Z Carz PO55 URU going towards Hanley.


Z Carz PO55 URU in Fenton
Also seen was First Potteries 63099 on a #11 to Hanley.


First Potteries 63099 in Fenton
Matthew went out for a walk to the pub. We set off onto Temple Street and left onto Christchurch Street and into the pub. Matthew we to the toilet and then had a glass of Coke. After Matthew had finished in the pub we walked back to the residential unit. We set off along Christchurch Street and we turned left into Clifton Street. We continued onto Crawfurd Street and we turned right onto Watkin Street. We turned right onto Temple Street and we saw Shelton Care Group DY08 FFX near to the residential unit.


Shelton Care Group DY08 FFX in Fenton
We saw it was Shelton Care Group DY08 FFX. We set off onto Temple Street and we turned right onto Christchurch Street. We turned right onto Masterson Street and we ran to the end. We turned right onto Smithpool Road and at the end we turned left onto City Road. We ran down the hil into Stoke and we went under the railway line. We crossed over the A500 and we ran around the one-way system. We turned left onto London Road and we parked up at Sainsbury's. Across the road we saw City Cabs Depot. The is also a new building being built next to Maplins. We continued into Stoke along Campbell Place. We walked onto Church Street and we saw First Potteries 32649 on a #25 to Keele. We walked down the road to The Wheatsheaf. Matthew went to the toilet and then had a glass of Coke. For tea Matthew had a chicken burger and fries followed by a chocolate fudge cake and ice cream. Highlights of the bus sightings included First Potteries 67155 on a #23 to Hanley & MJ Travel DS57 AKN going towards Newcastle. When we had finished we walked back to Sainsbury's. We returned to the residential unit on Shelton Care Group DY08 FFX. We set off onto the one-way system and we ran around Stoke onto Glebe Street. We turned left onto Church Street and we crossed over the A500 onto City Road. We continued up the hill into Fenton and we turned right into Smithpool Road. We turned left into Temple Street and back to the residential unit. Matthew went back to the room and went on his computer. 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.

Saturday, 28 April 2018

Trip to Middleton / Oldham 28-04-2018


























































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10854Middleton BSHarphurey, Queens Park112Stagecoach Manchester
37403Harphurey, Queens Rd (Stop C)Middleton BS163First Manchester
YJ11 ENRMiddleton BSChadderton, Town Hall419MCT
67425Chadderton, Chadderton Precinct (Stop B)Royton, Shaw Road (Stop C)182First Manchester
33736Royton, Shaw Road (Stop E)Oldham BS182First Manchester
BU05 HEJOldham BSMills Hill Station (Stop A)406M Travel
MX59 NWNMills Hill Station (Stop A)Middleton BS419MCT


Today we decided to re-visit Middleton. Mum had been away for a night out and we had arranged to pick her up from the railway station on our way out. As such we decided not to go to far today. We checked the weathr for today and it was for dry weather with sunny intervals. Matthew got up around 10:00 and had toast for breakfast. We had run out of orange juice! We set off 11:15 and we ran along Beaconfield Drive. We turned left onto Church Street and left onto Blurton Road. At the BP petrol station we saw Paul's of Stoke M20 BUS. We continued along Blurton Road and we crossed over the A50. We turned left onto Grove Road and we ran forwards onto Whieldon Road. We went under the railway brdige and the A500 and we turned right onto the A52. We crossed back under the railway line and we followed the A52 towards the railway station. We went slight left onto Station Road and we pulled into one of the drop off points to pick up mum. Once we had picked her up we continued along Station Road and left onto Stoke Road. We crossed over the A500 and we joined the Northbound carriage way. We neede some petrol so we came off the A500 at Wolstanton and we went to the Asda Petrol station. Once we had filled up we continued Northwards up the A500. We got on the M6 at junction 16 and as we travelled North we saw 3 unidentified Orion Travel coaches, An unidentified Olympia Travel coach, 4 unidentified ABC Coach Hire coaches, Paul's of Stoke Y17 POS, Park's of Hamilton LSK 812, Titterington Holidays TH16 TTH & 2 unidentified Tyrer's coaches. We came off the M6 at junction 19 and we went Eastwards onto the A556. We continued onto the M56 and we did the link road up to the M60. Once on the M60 we ran around Manchester in an anti-clockwise direction. On the M60 we saw Andrew's YX17 OGU & taxi minibus YD17 ODS. We came off the M60 at junction 19 and we went North-Eastwards up the A576. At the edge of town we turned left onto Limetrees Road. We turned right into the passage by Factory Street and we parked in one of the spaces in front of the Dusty Miller. Once we had parked up we walked into the shopping centre and we went upstairs. Matthew went to the toilet and we went back outside again. We went arund the corber towads the bus station and we stopped at the food van under the shopping centre. Matthew had a sausage, bacon and egg bap washed down with a can of Coke. Whilst we ate we saw required First Manchester 30948 on a #59 to Rushcroft. Once we had finished we said goodbye to mum and we went towards the bus station. On stand was required Stagecoach Manchester 10854 on a #112 to Manchester.


Stagecoach Manchester 10854 in Middleton bus station
Also seen was First Manchester 37422 on a #163 to Bury.


First Manchester 37422 in Middleton bus station
We crossed over to the bus station and we saw Stagecoach Manchester 36075 on layover.


Stagecoach Manchester 36075 in Middleton bus station
We had a quick walk around the bus station whilst we decided what to catch. In the end we decided to do Stagecoach Manchester 10854 on a the #112 to Manchester. We got on the bus and we booked System One anybus day tickets at £5.60 before we went upstairs. The rear of the top deck was empty so Matthew took a picture inside Stagecoach Manchester 10854.


Inside Stagecoach Manchester 10854
We set off out of the bus station and we turned left and ran past the Middleton Arena. We turned right onto Market Place and then right again onto Townley Street. We crossed over the A669 and we continued to the end of the street where we turned left onto Grishaw Lane and we ran down to Middleton Junction. We turned right onto Greengate and we carried on down Greengate over the M60 and to the roundabout. We joined Moston lane and we passed 67408 on the #81 to The Gardners Arms. Further South we passed required Stagecoach Manchester 10855 on a #114 to Alkrington. We continued South and when past the Blue Bell pub and through Moston. As we approached Harpurhey we turned left onto Upper Conran Street. We continued Southpast Harpurhey shopping centre and we turned right onto Fenclough Road. We travelled for around 1/3 and when we joined the Southbound A664 we got up and got off the bus. Once off the bus Matthew took another picture of Stagecoach Manchester 10854 as it continued towards Manchester.


Stagecoach Manchester 10854 in Harpurhey
We then walked North to try and crossed the road and we saw dud First Manchester 37405 on a #163 to Manchester.


First Manchester 37405 in Harpurhey
It was a bus we had been on from Bury to Heywood back in May 2017. We decided it was easier to go Southwards and crossed over the road so that is what we did. Once across the road we stood at the stop to wait for the next bus back Northwards. We saw A First Manchester double decker approaching in the distance. As it got closer we saw that it was required First Manchester 37403 on a #163 to Bury.


First Manchester 37403 in Harpurhey
We got on the bus and we flashed the System One ticket to the driver before we went upstairs. The rear of the top deck was empty so Matthew took a picture inside First Manchester 37403 before we sat down.


Inside First Manchester 37403
The bus set off Northwards up the A664 we we travelled through Harpurhey past the World Famous Embassy Club. We paused for a short while and then we continued North past Boggart Hole Clough and Into Blackley. We crossed over the M60 and we ran the last mile or so into Middleton. We crossed over the A669 and we entered the bus station. Once we got off the bus Matthew went to the toilet. Across the way First Manchester 69205 was on layover. We walked around the bus station whilst we decided what bus to do next. There was nothing in the bus station that Matthew wanted to do so we waited by the last stop in the main area. A few minutes later required MCT YJ11 ENR appeared on a #419 to Ashton-under-lyne.


MCT YJ11 ENR in Middleton bus station
We got on the bus and we flashed the System One ticket to the driver before we sat down towards the back of the bus. We set off out of the bus station and we turned left onto A669 and we ran Eastwards out of town to Mills Hill railway station. JUst after the station we turned right onto Baytree Avenue after runniung South for a while we followed the road around onto Firwood Park and we headed back Northwards up to the main road. We turned right onto the A669 and after a short run we turned left onto Chadderton Park Road. We turned right onto Cathederals Road. We followed the round and we turned right onto Parkway. We turned left onto Park Avenue and we ran up to the back of the Chadderton Park Travelodge. We turned right onto the Northbound Burnley Lane . We went around the rouandbout at the start of the A627(M) and we went Southwards down the A663. At the crossroad we turned left onto the A669 and we missed the stop for the shopping centre so we got up and got off at the next stop by the town hall. As we walked back to the shoping centre we saw First Manchester 37467 on a #59 to Rushcroft.


First Manchester 37467 in Chadderton
When we got to the shoping centre we went into the post office and Matthew brough a couple of cans of Coke and a couple of chocolate bars. Once we had paid for the good we went outside to the Oldham bound stop. As couple of minutes later we saw a bus approaching. As it got closer we saw that it was required First Manchester 67425 on a #182 to Shaw.


First Manchester 67425 in Chadderton
We got on the bus and we flashed the System One ticket to the driver before we sat down towards the back of the bus. We set off along the A669 and we turned left onto Garforth Street. We ran up the hill to we turned right onto Burnley Lane. At the end we turned right onto the A627. We had a quick check on TfGM and we noticed that the #182 didn't go into Oldham. We saw that it was going up to Royton and we knew we could get a bus to Oldham from Royton. We turned left onto the A6048, We veered left onto the A671 and we went past the Royal Oldham Hospital. We ran through Long Sight and we crossed the A663. It was this point we decided to get up and get off the bus. We crossed over the road and we waited for the next Oldham bound bus. We only had to wait a couple of minutes and we saw a double decker approaching. As it got closer we saw that it was required First Manchester 33736.


First Manchester 33736 in Royton
We got on the bus and we flashed the System One ticket to the driver before we went upstairs and sat down. The bus set off Southwards down the A671 and we crossed over the A663. We continued Southwards past thr Royal Oldham Hospital and we turned left onto St Mary's Way. We travelled Eastwards for a short distance and we turned right into Oldham bus station, enetering from the North end. Once off the bus we went to the toilet, but the toilet was shut due to 'Ongoing drain issues'. We then walked around the bus station taking bus pictures. We saw MCT Enviro200 MX12 DZE on a #412 to Middleton.


MCT MX12 DZE in Oldham bus station
We walked around to the East side of the bus station and we saw required First Manchester 33676 on a #83 to Sholver.


First Manchester 33676 in Oldham bus station
We walked down to the other part of the bus station and we saw required First Manchester 37549 on layover.


First Manchester 37549 in Oldham bus station
We went back to the other part of the bus station and we saw First Manchester 42940 on a #415 to Middleton.


First Manchester 42940 in Oldham bus station
We need to start considering how to get to Middleton as mum would be abkle to drive to meet us today. We saw a double decker on the #59 to Manchester but Matthew didn't fancy doing it. As it got closer we saw that it was required First Manchester 37444 on a #59 to Manchester. Whilst we decided what to do next Matthew had a Milky Way washed down with a small bottle of cola. We saw that there was a M Travel #406 to Mills Hill due in a few minutes. A few minutes later we saw it approaching and it was required M Travel Dart BU05 HEJ on a #406 to Mills Hill.


M Travel BU05 HEJ in Oldham bus station
We got on the bus and we flashed the System One ticket to the driver before we sat down towards the back of the bus. The bus set off out of the bus station down West Street and right onto Rochdale Road. We went up to and into the Oldham Royal Infirmary and then we went back South down the A6048 to the A627. We turned right onto the A627 and we headed up to the roundabout at Holden Fold. We crossed over the A627(M) and we went onto Burnley Road before turning left into Parkway. After what happened last time we did the #406 we checked the TfGM site to make sure this #406 was going all the way to Mills Hill station. We ran around the estate and we returned to Burnley Road. We ran Westwards onto Chadderton Hall Road and forwards onto Haigh Lane. We turned right onto the A669 and we got up and got off the bus. Matthew took another picture of M Travel BU05 HEJ as it went back towards Oldham.


M Travel BU05 HEJ in Mills Hill
We were on the right side of the road for the bus back to Middleton. A quick check at the bus stop timetable we saw that there was a #419 to Middleton due. Wew assumed it would proably be YN11 ENR that we were on later and we could do the following #59 service. As the bus approached we saw that it was a different vehicle so we flagged it down. As it got closer we saw that it was required MCT Enviro200 MX59 NWN on a #419 to Middlton.


MCT MX59 NWN in Mills Hill
We got on the bus and we flashed the System One ticket to the driver for the final time today before we sat down towards the back of the bus. THe bus set off along the A669 and we ran Westwards into Middleton. We crossed over the first roundabout and at the second we turned right into the bus station. We decided to take a few more bus picture before we left. We saw dud First Manchester 37385 on layover in between #19 to Langley.


First Manchester 37385 in Middleton bus station
Also seen on the main road was required First Manchester 37351 on a #163 to Bury.


First Manchester 37351 in Middleton
As we got to the other side of the bus station we saw required First Manchester 37453 on a #59 to Manchester.


First Manchester 37453 in Middleton bus station
We walked past the shopping cebtre and around the corner. We dropped the stuff off in the car and Matthew went to the Dusty Miller to use the toilet. We also had a swift half of Coke. We returned to the car where mum was waiting with sausage rolls and a can of Irn Bru. We set off up the passage and we turned left onto Limetrees Road. We ran forwards onto the A576 and we joined the M60 at junction 19. We ran clockwise around Manchester and as we travelled we saw an unidentified M&D Travel minibus and an unidentified Garnetts coach. We ran through Stocport and onto the link road to the M56. We ran Westwards along the M56 and we joined the Westbound A556 we we got to the M6 junction 19 we saw Alfa 69 on the roundabout. We joined the M6 and as we travelled Southwards we saw 3 unidentified Reays coaches, an unidentified Minsterley Motors coach and 3 unidentified Dhillons coaches. Further down the motoway we were passed by GreyShells Travel YN08 DGY.


Greyshells Travel YN08 DGY on the M6
We continued down the M6 and we saw Courtesy Destination Travel YE17 AHA. As we left the M6 at junction 16 we were passed by national Express liveried Park's of hamilton HSK 652 on a #540 to London.


Parks of Hamilton HSK 652 on the M6
We joined the Southbound we saw an unidentified National Express liveried coach(#570), white minibus YN53 ZDE, Orion Travel 8201 VC and an unidentified white and pink Pete Bus minbus. We were evetually caught up by an unidentifed white coach EGZ 1850.


EGZ 1850 on the A500
We came off the A500 at Etruria and we went Eastwards along the A53. We turned right onto Etruria Road and we turned right onto the clockwise ring road past the pub with the Dennis the Menace play area. We turned right onto Lichfield Street and we stopped at the Venus Fish Bar. For tea Matthew had sausage chips and gravy washed down with a small bottle of Coke. Whilst we ate we saw Bagnalls BAG 564S set down opposite to us. Once we had finished eating we turned left Lichfield Street. We ran over the roundabout at Joiners Square onto Victoria Road. We ran up the hill and forwards onto City Road. We turned right onto the A50 Link Road which we did up the A50. We came off the A50 at Longton and we turned left into Baths Road. We stopped at Tesco for Petrol and then we returned onto the high level A50. We crossed over the A50 and we to the other side. We stopped at Z Carz to see what was parked up this evening the spare ground was empty so we turned left into Willow Row where we saw Z Carz Ford minibus HK57 LFY.


Z Carz HK57 LFY in Longton
Also seen was Z Carz Renault minibus PE10 MJE.


Z Carz PE10 MJE in Longton
Another minibus in the compound was Z Carz Renault minibus DS07 LSN.


Z Carz DS07 LSN in Longton
Also seen was Z Carz Peugeot minibus YJ62 RCO. We went West along the A50 to Heron Cross and we turned left onto Blurton Road. By the BP garage we saw Alfa 64. We continued up to Church Road and we saw Stanton's of Stoke YN16 UKU parked up by the road. We turned right into the A5035 and we got back home at 19:30. When we got back Matthew had a can of Orange Fanta followed by a millionaire's shortbread biscuit. We did an e-mail and we wrote some of the Blog. Matthew went to bed around 00:00.... Mark.

Friday, 27 April 2018

Trip to Fenton / Newcastle 27-04-2018









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63097Magdalen 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 Grandma's later aswell as going to Blurton for the weekend. Matthew got up around 08:00 and had toast and orange juice for breakfast. whilst waiting to go out we saw D&G Bus 114 on a #1 to Park Site.


D&G 114 in Fenton
A few minutes later we saw Free Spirits MV05 YMM going towards Hanley.


Free Spirits MV05 YMM in Fenton
Also seen was First Potteries 67157 on a #23 to Hanley.


First Potteries 67157 in Fenton
Around 09:00 we set off on foot to the day centre. We went onto Temple Street and we turned right onto Christchurch Street where we saw Shelton Care Group DY08 FFX.


Shelton Care Group DY08 FFX in Fenton
We continued to the day centre. In the morning Matthew did cookery and made a victoria sponge. He also did some cleaning and used a mop. For dinner Matthew had sausage chips and gravy followed by a slice of victoria sponge. In the afternoon Matthew went to the pub on foot. We set off onto Christchurch Street and into the pub. Matthew went to the toilet and then had a glass of Coke. Matthew chilled out the pub for a while. He returned to the residential unit on foot. We set off along Christchurch Street and we turned left onto Temple Street and back to the residential unit. Matthew went upstairs to chill out and use his computer and wait for me to pick him up. Whilst waiting we saw Stanton's of Stoke RUI 2486 going towards Blurton. When I arrived Matthew got a few things together and we went down to the car. As we left we saw Harry Shaw BF15 HDU going towards Stoke. We got in the car and we drove onto Temple Street where we saw Triumphant Christ Church NK08 LVC. We turned right onto Christchurch Street and right onto Station Bridge Road. We followed the road around onto Heron Street and into Heron Cross. We went through the traffic lights and forwards onto Blurton Road. As we travelled through Blurton we passed First Potteries 67152 on a #23A to Hanley. We continued through Blurton and we passed First Potteries 67159 on a #23 to Hanley. We turned right onto Church Street and right onto Beaconsfield Drive. By OSSMA we saw Stanton's of Stoke KX14 LZE. We got home around 15:00. When we got home Matthew had toast and a can of Irn Bru. 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. At the bus stop we saw Strathmore EU16 ENV going into Blurton.


Strathmore EU16 ENV in Blurton
Whilst we waited we saw First Potteries 41501 on a #22 to Longton.


First Potteries 41501 in Blurton
There was a lot of traffic and the buses were running a few minutes late. A few minutes later the bus came around the corner and we saw that it was First Potteries 63097 on a #22 to Newcastle.


First Potteries 63097 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. We stopped at the light by Stanley Matthews Way and we saw D&G 170 on a #14 to Stafford. We went over the railway line into Trentham and just after the Trentham Hotel we saw Lucky Seven RX60 CVO. We turned right into New Inn Lane and we ran up the hill into Hanford. As we turned left into Wilson Road, we saw First Potteries 67159 on a #21 to Trenthan Gardens. We ran down Church Lane to the A34 and we saw Intercity BP08 KJN going Southwards. We crossed under the A500 and we saw First Potteries 67602 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 FY52 NSV and First Potteries 32648 on a #25 to Hanley. We turned right onto the A34 and saw City Centre Central LK13 RBU going Southwards. A couple of stops down the road we got up and got off the bus. We saw silver minibus SE14 NZF going Southwards. we crossed over the A34 and we saw E-zec patient transport YJ16 GFA going towards the hospital.


E-zec patient transport YJ16 GFA in Newcastle
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. We turned left onto the A34. As we past the hospital we saw First Potteries 32627 on a #101 to Hanley. We continued down the A34 and we ran down into Trent Vale and we were passed by Roseville EX57 HKT. We carried on down the A34 and we went into the pub where we met up with uncle Dave. Matthew had a brunch with oatcakes followed by toffee sponge pudding with custard. Whilst we ate highlights of the passing buses included ABC Supreme KY15 RBX going Southwards. We also saw First Potteries 65037 on a #101 to Hanley and D&G Bus 42 running out of service back to Adderley Green. Once we had finished eating we set off back to Blurton. We ran down the A34 and we went under the A500 into Hanford. We continued Southwards down the A34 into Trentham na we saw First Potteries 65039 on a #101 to Hanley. We turned left onto the A5035 and we followed Daw 2 Door minibus EG16 VLX for a short while. 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, 25 April 2018

Trip to Newcastle / Stafford 25-04-2018









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43877Fenton, adj Travers CourtNewcastle BS11First Potteries
65034Newcastle BSStafford, Station Road Railway Station101First Potteries
65035Stafford, Station Road Railway StationNewcastle BS101First Potteries
42553Newcastle BSFenton, Christchurch Street11First Potteries
DY08 FFXFentonFenton AldiCharterShelton Care Group
DY08 FFXFenton AldiClaytonCharterShelton Care Group
DY08 FFXClaytonFentonCharterShelton Care Group


Today Matthew was in residential and he was going to his day service. He was also going to Stafford on the bus and later on he was going to Clayton for tea. Matthew got up around 08:00 and had toast and orange juice for breakfast. whilst waiting to go out we saw Shelton Care Group DY08 FFX outside.


Shelton Care Group DY08 FFX in Fenton
When it was time to go out we set off on foot onto City Road and we walked down to the stop outside the flats. A few minutes later we saw a bus approaching. As it was First Potteries 43877 on a #11 to Newcastle. We got on the bus and we booked to Newcastle before sitting down towards the back of the bus. The bus set off down City Road and we ran down the hill over the old railway line to Leek and onto the A52. We ran under the railway line and over the A500 and straight into Stoke town centre along Church Street. After a brief stop in Stoke we continued along church Street and forwards onto Hartshill Road. We ran up the hill and into Hartshill. We ran forwards onto George Street and we ran down the hill into Newcastle. We turned left at the roundabout onto Barracks Road and into the bus station where we got up and got off the bus. Once off the bus we waited for the next bus to Stafford. A few minutes later we saw First Potteries 65034 on a #101 to Stafford. We got on the bus and we booked to Stafford before sitting down towards the back of the bus. We set off out of the bus station onto Barracks Road. We ran Southwards onto the A34 and we ran down through Trent Vale and into Hanford. We continued down through to Trentham and then we got onto the fast section of the A34. We ran through Tittensor to Darlaston pas the Darlaston Inn which closed. We continued down the A34 to the North end of Stone. We Veered left onto Newcastle Road and we ran into Stone town centre. After going around the one-way system and onto Stafford Road. We crossed over the A34 onto Eccleshall Road. We turned left onto Tilling Drive and we ran onto the industrial estate. We saw former Western Greyhound minibus WK53 EUT. We rejoined the A34 at the roundabout where the A51 goes Eastwards and we ran Southwards through the fast section on the A34 to the A513 roundabout. We ran the last couple of miles into town down the A34 onto Foregate Street and we turned right onto Chell Road. We crossed the roundabout onto Tenterbanks and we turned right onto Victoria Road. We turned left onto Station Road and we got up and got off the bus. We Once off the bus we walked onto Victoria Road and we turned left onto Tenterbanks. We had already planned to visit Theo's Cafe on the corner of Mount Street. We continued onto Chell Road and we cut through the car park by Wilko. On the way we stopped at the toilet block and Matthew used the facilities. In the Cafe we ordered a breakfast and a can of Coke. After we had finished eating we headed back onto Chell Road. On Chell Road we aw Arriva Midlands 3782 on a #5 to Telford. Chell Road and forwards onto Tenterbanks. We turned right onto Victoria Road and we went into the Park. Whilst we waited for the bus we wemt to the cafe in the park to get a drink of Coke. When we had finished we went out of the park onto Station Road to waited for the bus back to Newcastle. A few minutes later the bus appeared and it was First Potteries 65035 on a #101 to Hanley. We got on the bus and we gooked to Newcastle before we sat down towards the back of the bus. We set off along Station Road and at the end we turned left onto the A518. We ran around the South end of town and over the river onto Cope Street. We ran up Eastgate and along North Walls and into the Gaol Square bus station. We left the bus station onto the A34 and we ran Northwards to the edge of town. We continued up the fast section of the A34 to the edge of Stone and then we turned left onto the industrial estate. We ran around the estate and onto Tiling Drive. We turned right onto Eccleshall Road and we crossed the A34 onto Stafford Road. We turned left onto Crown Street and we stopped at the main stop in Stone. We ran North up Newcastle Road and we re-joined the Northbound A34. We ran Morth through Meaford and Tittensor and up into Trentham. We continued North through Hanford and Trent Vale and we past the City General hospital before going into Newcastle. We turned right onto Barracks Road and we entered the bus station from the South end. We got up and got off the bus and we saw First Potteries 67661 on a #4A to Hanley. There was a short wait for the bus back to Fenton so we walked along Hassels Street to McDonalds. Matthew had a cup of Coke and then went to the toilet. We returned to the bus station along Hassell Street. A short while later we saw First Potteries 42553 on a #11 to Hanley. We got on the bus and we booked to Fenton before we sat down towards then back of the bus. We set off onto Barracks Road and we ran up to the Jubilee roundabout. We ran onto the A53 and around the one-way system onto the A52. We ran up George Street into Hartshill and we ran down the hill into Stoke town centre. After a brief stop we continued along Church Street out of Stoke and over the A500. We ran under the railway line and we continued onto City Road. At the top of the hill we got up and got off the bus. We crossed over City Road and we walked across to Temple Street and back to the residential unit. Matthew wen up to his room to chill out and use is computer. He also watched buses out of the window. We saw First Potteries 63178 on a #11 to Newcastle.


First Potteries 63178 in Fenton
A short while later we saw Intercity HN62 UVL going towards Hanley.


Intercity HN62 UVL in Fenton
Also seen was First Potteries 42553 again on the #11 to Hanley.


First Potteries 42553 in Fenton
Later on we went to the pub via Aldi. Transport for the trip was Shelton Care Group DY08 FFX. We set off onto Temple Street and we turned right onto Christchurch Street. We turned left onto Baker Street and left into Glebedale Road and we turned right onto City Road. At the roundabout we turned sharp left onto Victoria Road. We ram down Victoria Road and we turned left into Aldi. 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 down the hill to Joiners Square and we carried on straight across the roundabout onto Lichfield Street. We turned left onto the ring-road and we ran around Hanley to Etruria Road, We ran down Etruria Road and under the A53 and we went straight across onto Festival Way. We ran past Waterworld and we cam back down Forge Lane and under the A53 before wheeling around to join the Westbound A53. We ran up through Etruria and over the A500. We continued through Basford and into Newcastle running around the one way system. We turned left onto Barracks Road and we ran past the bus station. At the roundabout we went straight onto the A519 and we ran over the Lyme and up the hill into Clayton. We ran up the hill and we stopped at the Gatehouse pub. Matthew went to the toilet and then had a glass of Coke. For tea Matthew had a burger and fries followed by chocolate fudge cake and ice cream. When it was time to go we got back on board Shelton Care Group DY08 FFX. We set off onto the A519 and we ran down the hill into Newcastle. We went up barracks Road past the bus station and forwards onto the A53. We ran through Basford into Etruria and over the A500. At Festival Park we came off the A53 and we went towards Hanley up to Etruria Road. At the ring road. We ran around anti-clockwise to Lichfield Street and we ran down to Joiners Square. We turned left onto the A52 and we ran to Stoke past the railway station where we saw First Potteries 67153 on a #23 to Hanley. We continued along the A52 and we followed the road under the railway line. We joined the southbound A500 and we ran down to the A50. We came off at Stanley Matthews way and we ran down to the A5035. We ran East for a short while and we turned left onto Church Road. We continued down to Blurton Road and we ran through Blurton to the A50. We got ontp the A50 and we ran East to Longton past the new buildings near to the Pepper Mill. We joined Baths Road ans we went past Longton transport interchnage before we turned left onto King Street. We ran down into Fenton and Forwards onto City Road.We ran down to the A52 and we got on the Southbound A500 again! This time we came off onto Whieldon Road and we ran up through Mount Pleasant to Heron Cross. We turned left onto Heron Street and forwards onto station bridge Road. and we turned left onto Christchurch Street. We turned left onto Masterson Street and we turned right onto Watkin Street. We continued onto Temple Street and back to the residential unit. Matthew went upstairs to use his computer and chill out in his room. Matthew watched some television and then had a bath and then had toast for supper. He then chilled out in his room until bedtime around 23:00... Mark.

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Trip to Cirencester / Newcastle 24-04-2018
















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DY08 FFXFentonCirencesterCharterShelton Care Group
DY08 FFXCirencesterFentonCharterShelton Care Group


Today Matthew was in the residential unit and he was going to his day service. Matthew was also going out to a soft play area. The sessions start on today and children will be able to 'explore all areas' that are usually age-restricted. Matthew got up Around 08:00 and had toast and orange juice for breakfast. Whilst waiting to go out we saw First Potteries 42554 on a #23 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 we saw Shelton Care Group DY08 FFX parked outside.


Shelton Care Group DY08 FFX in Fenton
We walked onto Christchurch Street and to the day cente. We were going to Cirencester. Transport for the trip it was Shelton Care Group DY08 FFX. We set off onto Christchurch Street We ran forwards onto Station Bridge Road. At Heron Cross we joined the Westbound A50 and we ran down to Sideway. We turned left onto the Southbound A500 and we ran down to the motorway. We got onto the Southbound M6 We ran down to the West Midlands and at junction 8 we went onto the Southbound M5. We continued South for around 40 miles to Junction 11A and we got onto the Eastbound A417. We crossed the Cotswold and we ran into the North end of Cirencester. We ran forwards onto the A429 and we ran around the Southern of town onthe ring road. We turned left onto Midland Road and right onto Love Lane. We ran forwards onto Chesterton Lane and we veered right onto Meadow Road. We stopped at the soft play are and Matthew went to the toilet. After using the facilities Matthew walked back towards the ring road and had dinner at KFC. He had a chicken fillet burher and fries washed down with a cup of Coke. We walked back to the soft play area and we returned to Fenton on Shelton Care Group DY08 FFX. We set off onto Meadow Road and we veered left onto Chesterton Lane. We continued onto Love Lane and we turned left onto Midland Road. We joined the anti-clockwise ring road and onto the A429. We ran forwards onto the A417 and we crossed over the Cotswolds. We joined the Northbound M5 at junction 11A and we ran North for 40 miles or so up to the Midlands. We joined the Northbound M6 at JUnction 8 and we ran into Staffordshire. We ran North to junction 15 where we cam off onto the A500. We travelled North up to Sideway and then we joined the Eastbound A50. We came off the A50 at Heron Cross and we turned left onto Blurton Road. We went through the traffic lights onto Heron Steeet. We carried on forwards onto Station Bridge Road and we turned left onto Christchurch Street. We turned left onto Masterson Street and we turned right onto Watkin Street. We continued onto Temple Street and back to the residential unit. Matthew went upstairs to use his computer and chill out in his room. We also watched buses and we saw Afford Rent-a-Car WX67 YYR going towards Longton.


Afford Rent-a-Car WX67 YYR in Fenton
A few minutes later we saw Afford Rent-a-Car YG67 VVD going towards Hanley.


Afford Rent-a-Car YG67 VVD in Fenton
After a short while we saw First Potteries 63176 on a #11 to Newcastle.


First Potteries 63176 in Fenton
Also seen was First Potteries 67657 on a #11 to Hanley.


First Potteries 67657 in Fenton
Later on Matthew went to Grandma's. We set off ontp Temple Street and we turned left onto Christchurch Street. We turned left onto City Road and we ran down to the A52. We went under the railway line and over the A500 into Stoke. We went around the one-way system and up Hartshill Road and into Harshill. We turned left onto the Avenue and we ran to the end where we turned right onto the A34. We turned off the A34 and we stopped at Grandma's house. Matthew went on the computer and had a can of Irn Bru. For tea Matthew had shepherds pie followed by treacle tart and custard. Matthew said goodbye to Grandma and we set off Occupation Street and we saw white minibus YK08 PVA. We turned onto the A34 and we ran past Newcastle. Near to the KFC we turned left onto Robertson Avenue. We crossed forwards onto Douglas Road and forwards to the disco. We spent some time at the disco. Matthew went to the toilet and a glass of coke. After doing some dancing we returned to Fenton. We ran back to the A34 and we went South into Newcastle. We turned left onto the A527 and we ran up to the Jubilee Roundabout. We ran around the one-way system onto George Street and we ran into Hartshill. We ran down Hartshill Road into Stoke and we went around the one-way system onto Church Street. We crossed over the A500 and onto City Road before going under the railway line. We climbed the hill and we turned right onto Smithpool Road. We turned left onto Temple Street and back to the residential unit. Later on Matthew chilled out in his room. 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

Monday, 23 April 2018

Trip to Newcastle / Talke 23-04-2018
















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67661Fenton, Victoria PlaceNewcastle BS11First Potteries
32648Newcastle BSStoke-upon-Trent, Lytton Street25First Potteries


Today Matthew was in the residential unit and he was going to his day service. Matthew was also going out on the bus and have tea with me later on. 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 Northwood Day Centre BX55 LLC.


Northwood Day Centre BX55 LLC in Fenton
Around 09:00 we set off on foot to the day centre. We walked onto Temple Street and right onto Christchurch Street where we saw First Potteries 42554 on a #23 to Newstead. We continued along Christchurch Street and into the day centre. At the day centre we saw Shelton Care Group DY08 FFX.


Shelton Care Group DY08 FFX in Fenton
Matthew walked to Aldi to do his weekly shopping. We walked along Christchurch Street and across City Road and onto Manor Street. At the end of Manor Street we turned left onto Victoria Road. Part way down Victoria Road we saw First Potteries 63100 on a #6A to Blythe Bridge. We turned left off Victoria Road and towards the supermarket. We saw Shelton Care Group PE67 XEU at Aldi. In Aldi Matthew picked up his weekly shop. On the way back up Victoria Road We turned right onto Manor Street and walked to the end. Having crossed over City Road and we crossed over before turning right onto Christchurch Street. We walked round the corner back to the day centre, For dinner Matthew had a beans on toast followed by a cupcake. 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 waited at the bus stop for a First Potteries bus towards Newcastle. Whilst we waited we saw D&G Bus 112 on 1A to Park Site. A short time later we also saw Meadows DX65 DND heading towards Stoke. A few minutes later we saw a bus approaching. When it got closer we saw that it was First Potteries 67661 on a #11 to Newcastle. We got on the bus and we booked to Newcastle before sitting down towards the back of the bus. The bus set off down City Road and we ran down the hill over the old railway line to Leek and onto the A52. We ran under the railway line and over the A500 and straight into Stoke town centre along Church Street. After a brief stop in Stoke we continued along church Street and forwards onto Hartshill Road. We ran up the hill and into Hartshill. We ran forwards onto George Street and we ran down the hill into Newcastle. We turned left at the roundabout onto Barracks Road and into the bus station where we got up and got off the bus. Once off the bus Matthew got a picture of First Potteries 67661 before it returned towards Hanley on a #11 service.


First Potteries 67661 in Newcastle bus station
We walked along Market Lane and down High Street. We went to McDonalds and Matthew had a cup of coke. Once we had finished in McDonalds we set off up High Street and we turned right into Ironmarket. We turned right Castle Walk and we stopped to go into a shop to buy millionaires shortbread. On we had finished we continued along Castle Walk and into the bus station. In the bus station we saw First Potteries 67602 on a 4A on the 4A to Hanley. A few minutes later we saw First Potteries 32648 on a #25 to Hanley. We decided to do this bus to the bottom end of Fenton. We got on the bus and we booked to Fenton before we went upstairs and sat down towards the back of the bus. On ths bus Matthew ate some of his millionaires shortbread. The bus set off out of the bus station onto barracks Road and we ran down onto the Southbound A34. we turned left. As we travelled through the hospital we saw ABC Supreme HN16 XPS, Smartcars BV62 GCF and First Potteries 37156 on a #25 to Keele. We came out of the hospital and turned left onto Hilton Road. We ran into Hartshill and we turned right onto the A52.We continued onto Albany Road and we turned right onto The Avenue. At the end of the road we turned right onto the A52 and we ran through Hartshill and down the hill into Stoke town centre. We went forwards onto Church Street and the bus topped in the town centre. After a brief stop we continued over the A500 and we got up and got off the bus just before the railway bridge. We walked up City Road and we cut across onto Temple Street and into the residential unit. Matthew went up to his room to chill out on his computer and wait for us to caome and pick him up. Whilst we waited we saw First Potteries 63179 on a #11 to Hanley.


First Potteries 63179 in Fenton
A short time later we saw Harry Shaw FJ11 GME going towards Stoke.


Harry Shaw FJ11 GME in Fenton
After a short while we saw Trinity Sixth Form EU67 NWN going towards Stoke.


Trinity Sixth Form EU67 NWN in Fenton
After a short while we saw E-zec patient transport YN15 FFG going towards Longton.


E-zec patient transport YN15 FFG in Fenton
Also seen was Stoke-on-Trent city council LK17 DXC going towards Heron Cross.


Stoke-on-Trent city council LK17 DXC in Fenton
After a short while we saw Z Carz PO55 URU going towards Hanley.


Z Carz PO55 URU in Fenton
Also seen was E-zec patient transport YJ16 GHB going towards Stoke.


E-zec patient transport YJ16 GHB in Fenton
We arrived to pick Matthew up and we went down to the car. We set off onto Temple Street and we turned right onto Smithpool Road. We turned left onto City Road and we ran down the hill and under the railway line into Stoke. We crossed over the A500 and we went around the one-way system. We ran up the hill into Hartshill and we continued to the edge of Newcastle. We turned right into Albert Street and we crossed over the A53 onto Sandy Lane. At the roundabout we turned right onto the A527. We ran through Wolstanton and at thr top of Porthill bank we continued straihght onto Bradwell Lane. At the end of Bradwell lane we turned right onto the A34. We ran North up the A34 through Crackley and over the A500 into Talke. At the junction we followed the A34 to the right and we stopped at the pub. Matthew went to the toilet. Afterwards he had a glass of Coke. For tea Matthew had a carvery. After having a re-fill of Coke, Matthew had choclate fudge cake and custard for afters. When we had finished we returned to Fenton in the car. We set off down the A34 and we followed it to the left. We ran through Talke and over the A500 into Crackley. We continued down through Bradwell and Cross Heath and into Newcastle. As we passed the depot we saw First Potteries 67637 on a #4A to Talke. We turned left onto Ryecroft and at the roundabout we turned right onto Barracks Road. We saw First Potteries 67650 on a #25 to Hanley. We continued onto the Southbound A34 and we turned left onto The Avenue. Travelling up towards Hartshill we saw First Potteries 67601 on a #25 to Keele. At the end we turned right onto Hartshill Road. We ran down to Stoke and onto the one way system. We turned right onto Elenora Street and we followed the road around onto Copeland Street. We ran forwards onto Glebe Street and we followed the one way system onto Church Street. We crossed over the A500 onto City Road and we went under the railway line. We ran up the hill into Fenton and we turned right onto Smithpool Road. We turned left into Temple Street and back to the residential unit. We went up to Matthew's room and we wrote some of the Blog. Matthew also drank a can of Irn Bru. After doing a couple of entries I left and Matthew chilled out in his room watching television and using his computer. Later on Matthew chilled out in his room. 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.