We have owned L'Esquirol for 4 years and up until this year I (Margaret) have spent 6 months over the summer and then a month over Christmas. Mike is still working as VP Marketing and Business Development for an American Drilling Contractor and is based in Dubai. We have been expatriates for over 30 years spending 20 years in the Middle East and some time in Singapore. I worked for British Airways for 18 years in senior management of training and human resources and after taking early retirement did some consultancy and executive coaching but am now happily retired. I was longing to be in my own home and so we decided this year that I would stay here permanently and Mike gets here whenever he can.I have a gorgeous Airedale puppy called Ned who is wonderful company when Mike is not here. We love sport and both play golf and tennis (and would play squash if we could!) We have 5 children between us. My eldest daughter Kate has just started dentistry in Manchester; my daughter Susannah and her husband Patrick have just moved to Sydney for 3 years and are expecting their first baby in July; my son Tom is a dentist on the Gold Coast; Mike's 2 daughters live in the UK, Laura is married with 2 children and Anna has recently got engaged. We are sometimes accompanied by some members of the family depending on destinations and dates.