What will be...
This is the site of our future entrance garden. Originally, a six-foot high retaining wall of dry stacked stone stood about three feet from the wall of the house. The wall was threatening to collapse onto the building.
The stones were taken down to build steps and walls in the herb garden glimpsed beyond. All the dirt taken out of the hillside was dug by hand and hauled away one wheelbarrow load at a time.
The steep bank running toward the right of the picture will be groomed for greenwall plantings. Berry bushes and raised vegetable beds already occupy the hill above. The newly excavated courtyard space in the foreground is still pretty much a blank slate. I know as much about what will happen there as I do about the next book I'll write. Below is a link to the ones I've already written.