I’m moving this over from Random Questions.
So now, with pictures!
Here is the whole patio area off the house, as seen from the other side of the backyard.
The hot tub is usually on the patio, but today’s mission is to clean it so it’s on the lawn at the moment.
And this is from the patio door, looking out from left to right.
This is the area where the hot tub usually is.
And just closer ups of the patio area. Please ignore the messes; I know cleaning up will make it look better. But that’s not enough.
This is the saddest part. We lost two trees here, a big beautiful birch and a big, flowering bush tree that took up most of the space. And now it’s just dirt. Sad-looking dirt.
So I have the table with an umbrella, and the hammock on a stand and another umbrella. And a hard bench that I threw some old pillows on temporarily. The grill and the hot tub take up some space.
I guess my goals are a nice, pretty place to sit and have a meal or hang out. Usually we wouldn’t really hang out in the sun. I took these around ten in the morning. The house faces west, so the backyard gets direct sun in the morning and it makes its way over the house and the backyard becomes shadier as the afternoon goes on.
We also lost a lot of tress in the back by the fence, and the landscapers ripped out all the blackberry bushes that lined it. No blackberries for us this summer. It feels barren to me compared to what it used to be, but I suppose it’s not really barren. Except that sad dirt lot.