|Ok, not really. This is what it actually looks like.|
|But then there was a tree* planted, and under that did I get all muddy.|
|Yes, that's this same area. Stupid drought. That's a big weed behind the trellis.|
|So now it looks like this.|
Plans for the next couple of weeks include: removing some of the stones from the patio surface, clearing the brush pile in the southwest corner, planting a second Vitex tree, erecting the shade/roof over the patio that you see in the very first picture, and raking up the dog poop from the yard (not pictured).
*Chaste Tree, aka Vitex agnus castus, the one I bought on Monday. A Mediterranean/north African native; extremely hardy, evergreen, water- and pest-resistant, covered in purple flowers and bees in most seasons here. Not really a "tree", rather a large shrub, 15' max.
(Also, the house:yard ratio is waaaaay off in the drawings - the house is basically just there to show where it IS; but in the picture it makes the yard look huge, and it's really only about 36x23').