After more than two weeks, there's still no concrete pathway at the side of the house. I was promised "by the end of the week", so that should be any day now. Also, the wood for the deck isn't here yet, so that's happening next week.
I did buy five trees and they have been planted and are getting steady water from the sprinkler system.
So, here are some pictures... First, the deck framing so far:
And then some trees - first, the glorious coral bark maple:
And then the palm tree, which is not actually planted yet, but doesn't it look great?