We stopped at the nearby builder's supply store and picked up pavers, sand, and gravel to make a rudimentary fire circle in the back yard. Since the long-term plan is to build a second deck, we don't want to invest in anything permanent right now.
We raked a ton or so of brush cuttings, tree branches, a couple of saplings, and a bunch of straw which the previous owner had left behind. Then we carried the pavers, 60 lbs of sand, and 60 lbs of pea gravel up from the driveway ... oh, didn't I mention that? The backyard is about 10 feet higher than the driveway ... and arranged things so that neither the chairs nor the chiminea would sink into the mud.
And just in case there are any remaining Stargate SG-1 fans out there, that's not Anubis rising from the depths.
Rather, it's one of these:
We've grilled both lunch and dinner today (steak and burgers, respectively), and are now ready to call it a day. After cleaning up, we'll be back out on the deck to enjoy the peace and quiet. At least, that's the plan. But you know what they say about that.
"No battle plan survives first contact with the enemy." Field Marshal Helmuth von Moltke, or General Carl Philipp Gottfried von Clausewitz ... depending on whom you ask.