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I met Tamra back in February for a very enjoyable lunch when we talked about ships and sealing wax and cabbages and kings. We also managed to talk all things wine, New Zealand and viticulture, and I was extremely pleased when she agreed to contribute the next Day in the Life for LLG, and we thought that a day during harvest would be particularly interesting.

Tamra grew up in Marlborough during the region’s winemaking explosion. Spending school holidays working in vineyards and winery restaurants sparked an early fascination with wine and its creation.

She completed a degree in viticulture, and was named top student at the University of Lincoln, New Zealand. Since graduating, she has worked in California, Australia, Sicily, Italy and Tunisia before returning home to New Zealand as Chief Winemaker for Yealands Family Wines.

When she isn’t travelling the world representing her wineries, Tamra enjoys staying healthy by running, swimming and walking, and indulges her loves of food, travel and Italian culture whenever possible with her new husband Simon, who also works for Yealands Family Wines.

Over to you Tamra:

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peach buffalo mozzarella salad

I invited seven girlfriends round for supper the night before we departed for Wilderness, and I realised at 6pm that I hadn’t given a moment’s thought to the menu for the evening. Thankfully I have London’s best greengrocer on my street, so I whipped downstairs and into Parkway Greens with a huge shopping basket, to scoop up anything that looked good at random.

(I have to say that writing your own cookbook comes in very handy in situations like this. It’s going to take quite a bit of time to get over the novelty of cooking a recipe from a book I ACTUALLY WROTE MYSELF!)

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mapperton gardens boden

Day one of our glorious trip to the West Country with Boden was spent at Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s River Cottage, baking bread, making canapes, and eating vast VAST quantities of food. Of course, as Newton’s Third Law has it, for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. In this case the day of shoving everything in sight in our mouths was rewarded with a four mile uphill hike the next morning.

Thanks Johnnie.

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Serpentine bar & cafe hyde park

(The view across the Serpentine, from The Serpentine Bar and Kitchen in London’s Hyde Park)

As a north Londoner, it’s easy to overlook  the myriad attractions of Hyde Park for the more bucolic delights of Hampstead Heath, or the local pleasures of The Regent’s Park, where I walk the dog, and occasionally train. For, after all, if I am in the centre of town, then I am there to take a meeting, eat breakfast with a publicist, or, very occasionally shop.

Hanging about in parks during my working day  is not usually on the agenda. Yet, when I lived in Manhattan and ventured north of 14th Street for work, I would take any opportunity to pop in Central Park with a coffee for a sit down and a quiet moment under the trees.

It’s far too easy to take one’s native city for granted.

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The XXth Commonwealth Games Athletics Final & Closing Ceremony, Glasgow with Longines

August 19, 2014 My Life in England

Glasgow, it transpires, can be wet. Very, very wet indeed. I had been invited up to Scotland for the final weekend of the 20th Commonwealth Games by my friends at Longines, the official timekeepers of the Games,  taking the sleeper train up overnight from London Euston on the Friday night. London was bordering on heatwave […]

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My new glasses by Ralph Lauren at Vision Express

August 18, 2014 Accessories

I’ve been myopic since I was a very little girl. My first pair of spectacles arrived well before my tenth birthday, and I was wearing gas permeable contact lenses by the age of fourteen. I’m so short-sighted now that, much to my horror, I was told at my last optician’s appointment that I now qualify […]

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A Week in Northamptonshire

August 15, 2014 LLG Fashion

  My mother had quite a serious knee operation last Thursday, so my sis and I planned to drive up to her cottage in Northamptonshire after we left Wilderness on Monday to spend the week with her, whilst she recuperated. I didn’t plan on being struck with a virulent bout of gastroenteritis on Monday. Boy [...]

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The post where we head to Wilderness Festival 2014

August 9, 2014 My Life in England

I’ve left London for five days to sleep in a tent in a field, eat five meals a day, listen to lectures in a marquee, and dance with wild abandon under the stars. Yup, it’s Wilderness again: a festival for the arts in the parkland of Cornbury House in north Oxfordshire. My sister and I [...]

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Shipwrecked by Stephen: Bumble & bumble at Port Eliot Festival 2014

August 6, 2014 LLG Beauty

Everyone loves milliner Stephen Jones. It’s a straightforward fashion fact. And to have him on site at Port Eliot Festival last week, creating bespoke millinery looks for free, for festival goers  in association with Bumble & bumble was an absolute dream.

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Fashion: Erdos 1436 by Graeme Black in Edinburgh

August 6, 2014 LLG Fashion

Sitting in the huge double height hall of the National Museum of Scotland a few weeks ago a small group of London-based fashion editors joined a full house of Scottish fashion lovers and Chinese supporters - including Chinese Vogue’s Angelica Cheung, for the first British show from Chinese luxury brand and cashmere house 1436 Erdos. The [...]

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