I got my local earthmover-(plus) rep out this week to look at what I wanted to do with the parking area. Apparently, putting a seal and chip down would not resolve my problem with weeds popping up all over it. We decided that we would just put a layer of crusher dust down and pack it down. That will make it easier on my bare feet,not to mention not so hot AND harder for weeds to get a foothold. I will still have to pull out and/or spray the weeds though.(with my organic pine based spray). I have a couple of weeks to get the last two beds edged and the bits of firewood and weeds out before they can come to do this. I am getting the bit under the seat done as well because I have not been able to find anything except weeds-(grass) that will grow under my park bench seat. As well as that, they are going to grade the area infront of the path up to the back yard so it slopes up because I am finding it hard lugging my bigarse wheelbarrow up all the steps. The ramp from that point up to the back lawn will have to wait for a bit til I get to it. At least it will be one less step to deal with. Meanwhile, I have been working on my major inside job- building the shelves for the linen cupboard. Up til now it has been a freestanding wardrobe popped in the alcove that I then, called my linen cupboard. So far I have the three lower, wide shelves done with just the narrower top shelf to make and then put them all back in. I have decided that I will do a major and a minor job outside one day and then then next do the same inside the house. Otherwise, I dont seem to get to the inside jobs. The outside job was getting the old compost bin that was falling apart, pulled apart and removed. I have been looking at where a better place would be for this. It was in full sun and from what I have read, should be in shade at least part of the day. I have a couple options to consider for this. While the rep and I were talking, he asked what I was going to do in the courtyard. I told him about my plans for an outside kitchen. He recently made a form for a concrete bench which he also made. He still has the form and said that I could borrow it to make mine. Today, I got some retaining wall boards and reinforcing mesh delivered. A friend needed an emergency repair job on the fence at their rented home and we are going to use the mesh to fill a gap so their dogs cant get out should the rotten bit of their fence fall over. It was easier to get the mesh for this delivered to my place where I can cut it to size with my angle grinder and then take that over to their place. and put it in place. Thats tomorrows outside job. The retaining wall boards were got at the same time so I could edge the last two beds in the general parking area-outside my bathroom window and the one between the parking area and the courtyard. The left over mesh will go to make up a trellis in this bed. I still have a couple of posts lying around to attach this to. So once the crusher dust is packed down, this area is pretty much finished, construction-wise.