Okay now - ignore the imposing family in the foreground, and examine the landscape behind their legs. Note the misshapen tree, the bulging root system, the encroaching ivy.
The tree met its match in Peter. Digging out the root system took forever.
The moonscape. This is what it looked like for quite a while, and the lady of the house began to despair that she would ever have a real patio.
Adam and Philip dug out the excess dirt, put in sand, and laid new bricks while we were gone to W.Va.
We moved much of the patio furniture back onto the bricks yesterday, and enjoyed roasted marshmallows over the firepit last night. A finished project at last!