After Brandon critiqued my initial flagstone patio attempt, I reworked it a little to achieve a more coherent shape. Though I don't take too kindly to negative comments, after a little time I was able to admit that I had more or less dropped stone randomly about with the practical goal of covering mud... and it looked, well, incoherent.
Using the line from the cement path which was once a narrow driveway to the garage I rounded a path with the stone.
Then we filled the path with pea gravel and I dragged up an old glider (which no longer glides) that had been hiding in the very back of the yard to serve as a bench.
Though the area is always littered with toys, August loves to haul the gravel in his trucks, it beats bare soil.
On the other side of this path I've been working on the lawn.
As you can see, there are lots of patches and in this shady area I'm fighting a losing battle trying to grow turf grass.
However, in the sunny front yard, I've been widening beds and digging out new areas so I've used chunks from that lawn back here and it's slowly filling in as the weather warms and more sun trickles through.
My little hydrangea bed looked very cheerful all spring.
It's still amazing to me that I have all this space to work with and I'm enjoying each little improvement.