I have two season tickets for Real Madrid. Primer Anfitreatro Lateral, Sector 221, Fila 7, Asiento 39 and Asiento 32. I love the football itself, though the circus that is Real Madrid can be maddening. I also find it fascinating that you have to learn to look in a different way to see live football properly. Our house has photovoltaic and thermal solar panels and a biomass boiler and I was interviewed for a documentary in 2008 about energy use in Spain and living off grid. Last year we bought new batteries. And I don't mean AA's.

Contrary to popular opinion, the rain in Spain doesn’t fall mainly on the plain but here, in the mountains. Arenas de San Pedro (where I live) is known locally as 'the urinal of Gredos' for precisely that reason.

After nine years the band "Los Atakes" which two of my sons played in is no more. But hey, they had been together for 8 years. That's rock'n'roll for you.

We have thirty six olive trees which we harvest every December. I am thinking of gathering a group of people here to join in.  It’s a magical experience. If you would be interested in joining us, e mail me: rob[at]robertpoynton[dot]com.