In addition to the wine, we had a little fire in the chiminea going to take the edge off the little bit of fall coolth in the air:
Here is a "before" shot:
And an "after" shot of the patio in "Autumn Chiminea" mode:
And another in "regular" mode:
A view from the other side, showing how I incorporated the desert willow in the flagstone. As you can see, the autumn leaves are starting to fall here:
Where the scraggly hollies were next to the house and front landing, I'm going to put a galvanized tank for rain water collection, surrounded by Mexican feather grasses.
And finally, a long "before" shot, showing the many areas I wanted to improve in the front:
And the "after" of area "B":
And of course, you've already seen my improvement of area "E", the new bicycle path/arroyo:
I've also been busy extending the arroyo through the rest of the yard. In my design, the arroyo will start at the patio, flow next to the house, and finally turn into the bicycle path. When it is finished (hopefully sometime next week), I'll take you on a tour.