Walk to School Week 2016 takes place from 16-22 May throughout England, Scotland and Wales. It challenges schools and their pupils to walk to school more during the week. It’s a great way to celebrate walking and can be a stepping stone to year-round activity. Last year, over 14,000 classes took part; that’s approximately 400,000 children walking to school.


Although I now home educate and get out walking a lot, it is always good to be reminded of the physical and mental wellbeing benefits of getting some fresh air and talking to people as you walk. With the obesity levels in this country, the more all of us walk the better.

When we walk, we have time to chat. We have time to stop and stare. I used to stop and have impromptu picnics with the children when the weather was fine. You can walk the dog at the same time. Let’s hope it is sunny by May!

My son Ramsey says:

“The great thing about walking is that you never know what you are going to come across. It also gives me a sense of peace”

Walk to School Week is organised by Living Streets, the UK charity for everyday walking.

The fundraising element of Walk to School Week takes place on Tuesday 17 May, or ‘Happy Shoesday’. Children and teachers will wear the shoes that make them the happiest and donate £1.

Money raised will go to Living Streets for work with schools, disability groups and local communities, and campaigning work to make UK streets safer for everyone.

Contact: Schools interested in getting involved should contact Living Streets for more information about available resources: 020 7456 9794.

Will you get involved in Walk to School Week 2016 and encourage your school and community to do so?

The White Star Tavern is a Southampton restaurant offers a very special dining experience. We were lucky enough to visit last weekend. The White Star Tavern is a recently refurbished gastro pub offering excellent customer service, luxurious food and quality drinking options. It also has five star accommodation available. A new menu will be launched this weekend drawing on the talents of Head chef Matt Noonan.


Many restaurants claim to offer fine food and so few actually do in our experience. You will not have those worries if you visit the White Star Tavern. It holds awards such as The Les Routiers South of England Restaurant of the Year and has held two AA Rosettes since 2010, an award given to ‘Excellent Restaurants’ in the local area.

Beef and stout

As soon as we arrived at the Tavern, I felt about 20 years younger. We don’t get out as a couple alone very often at all and this makes a perfect venue for a date night. We arrived at 7pm when there was already a pleasant and lively atmosphere and things got busier toward 8pm. However, the tables had plenty of room between them and there were different areas from the informal bar to more formal dining areas if that is what you are looking for.

Chicken parfait

We received a very warm welcome from all the members of staff we came into contact with. I loved how we were given sufficient time to read the menu in detail rather than being rushed to order. As soon as we were ready, a waitress dealt with us so very efficiently. We were offered bread and also water for the table. I enjoyed little details like having a tumbler rather than a wine glass for water. Myself and my husband both found the bread a little crusty but that is probably because we tend to eat very basic bread at home.

We moved to starters and I found it difficult to focus on mine as my husband was making noises of delight across the table. As he puts it “Having chosen a Black Pudding and shallots sausage roll with wholegrain mustard as my starter I was delighted to be presented with a sliced roll where the mixture of the black pudding and shallots in pastry produced a taste sensation akin to ecstasy!” Now for a man of few words, that is pretty amazing feedback and I think other diners were about to say “I’ll have whatever he is having!” like in the famous When Harry Met Sally movie scene. He went on to describe his main of twice cooked pork belly with bubble and squeak as brilliant. Pork belly has to be just right for him as it is one of his favourites. He also cleared his dessert plate whereas he is not usually overly concerned with puddings. Here is a pic before the dulche de leche disappeared.

Dulce de leche

I went for the cured sweet potato and butternut soup. This was superb and a taste sensation almost like a fine wine that just keeps on giving.

If you know me, you know that I love all lamb dishes so it was no surprise that I selected the herb crust rack of lamb accompanied by potato gratin, kale and garlic and carrot puree. This was luscious. It was one of those meals where even whilst you are eating it, you are mourning the fact that the experience will not last forever.

To be honest, I was concerned that the dessert could not possibly live up to what had gone before. I went for lemon posset with
lavender & almond shortbread, New Forest berries and raspberry sorbet. Every element of this was scrumptious and it was certainly one to take your time with and savour every mouthful.

Next time, I have to try Death by Chocolate!

Death by Chocolate

There is a good selection of wines and spirits along with a selection of lagers and beers including cask bitters. I enjoyed reading the fun and informative wine list.

Providence is of particular importance to The White Star Tavern as a partner with Hampshire Fare, sourcing their produce from Hampshire suppliers wherever possible. This includes many small independent farms and shops, such as the Hoxton Bake House for their bread, based just 1.3 miles away. The menu boasts an exciting selection of modern British dishes, from pub classics to lighter mains, whilst also featuring vegan and vegetarian options making use of seasonal local ingredients.


Breakfast items on the menu are also freshly prepared, including favourites like the traditional full English, as well as brunch options like the smashed avocado on toast and American style pancakes. The full restaurant menu is available during lunch hours with additional dishes added, including light bites and sandwiches.

Guests can book for up to six people online and the restaurant can easily accommodate larger bookings; in keeping with their personal approach to service the staff talk these through, taking into consideration any additional requests.

About The White Star

The White Star Tavern is open 7 days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

White Star

28 Oxford Street
SO14 3DJ

023 8082 1990



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Are you making a fresh start in February?


Is your story a little like mine? Despite the best of intentions, you put on a few pounds over Christmas and New Year. You then promise to reach the moon in five seconds flat inspired by New Year Resolutions time.

Then February strikes and something went awry in January.

Let’s spin that. It is a new month. February gives an impetus to make a fresh start on the healthy living front. It even has its own New Year!

Let’s do this thing! Happy New Month and Happy New You!

Let’s make the Blogging to Jogging linky rock in February.


The Rules

Blog about healthy living in a way that you see fit. It might be some exercise you did, a healthy food choice, a lifestyle change or a recipe. It is important to link back to this post so that we can all inspire one another as we move forwards positively.

Very simply, please comment on at least two other posts and more if you’d like to and grab the badge for your own post, linking one post per week. Tweet me (@kateonthinice) once you’ve linked and please use the #BloggingToJogging tag so that I can find your posts easily to RT them and you can also use the Twitter hashtag on Instagram if you have any relevant photos.

I am so looking forward to reading your talks of health, fitness and well-being. I promise to comment on each post and to promote via my social media networks.

Please display the #bloggingtojogging badge on your post and it would also be cool if we can start engaging on Twitter and Facebook about our healthy living using #bloggingtojogging.

Get linking!

Floods are on our minds more than ever before in the United Kingdom. If we are lucky and not affected, we feel for the struggles of those who are. If we are flooded, the impact can be overwhelming both practically and emotionally. There are some real health issues when flooding hits.

I have found myself living in various places with a flood history over the years including Carlisle, Hull, Malton and York. Fortunately, the worst it has got for me is not being able to access a favourite pub or to take my usual route to work. Very minor irritations compared with so many individuals and families.

I asked some friends who are in flood areas to describe their experiences.

Becky described how losing things you can’t replace is traumatic.

Ironically as water levels rise, there can be a shortage of clean water. Emma told me that there was no water for weeks in Gloucester so the Army brought in bottled water.

Whilst facing filth, stench, damage and loss, people find themselves faced with negotiations with insurance companies and telecom providers.

As the floods subside, questions are raised as to who is to blame for these issues.

Even whilst such debates are held, communities affected are beginning to realise that consequences of flooding last far longer than media interest in the issue.

As with all challenges, sometimes we see the best of humanity when times are tough. Communities pull together and share what they have. People who might not normally talk to each other do and people focus on things that really matter.

What are your top tips for keeping warm?

The cold does not bother me much but I think there was real dip in temperatures this January. It is OK for my husband who goes off to a warm office but me and the children have felt the cold in our new house which is sadly lacking in a fire or wood burner.

So I asked some world-famous bloggers for their top tips for keeping warm when you are trying to save money on heating bills.

1. Boogie on down to housework

Put the music on full blast while cleaning getting it done faster as will be bopping around….but be careful if listening to the kids Spotify list you’ll find yourself singing along to Justin Beiber before you know it.

2. Rock an Eighties look

Wear eighties leg warmers through the winter months indoors and outdoors

3. Double up on duvets

If you are like me you double up on duvets when the temperatures hit freezing.

4. Love your layers

Chantelle tells me it is all about layers upon layers. I have tried this and it makes such a difference.

5. Sleeping bags and blankets

Sonya confesses to working from home inside a sleeping bag like a giant and warm slug. You might prefer a blanket and if you have two like me, you can ensure you cover up your legs too.

6. Go undercover

Cover up your extremities with hats, scarves, gloves and don’t forget to invest in a warm coat.

7. Hot water bottle

Claire F swears by a hot water bottle whilst on the sofa working from home.

8. Eat the right things

Cold weather means comfort food with Rebecca Rose recommending soup. Indulge in plenty of hot drinks.

9. Exercise

Run up and down the stairs or if you are really brave venture outdoors for a walk knowing you will feel the benefit when you return indoors.

10. I’m too sexy to be cold.

Several bloggers mentioned that snuggling up in bed is great and being cold is a great reason for wild sex.

With thanks to some hot bloggers












What are your top tips for keeping warm?

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