Thanks everyone, I really enjoyed looking back myself.
To answer some of your questions - the starting point of the design was to see a 'garden' from the window/patio doors and to eat where the sun was in the evenings. Well, actually that was my starting point, my OHs was to spend as little time cutting grass as possible (suits me).
The rest of the 'design' unfolded quite naturally as we went along. The 'crucible' is so named as we live in Sheffiled, the path around it was reclaimed paving which (we are told) used to be the paving outside the Crucible Theatre (snooker).
The wall is the only part we had outside help with, and he didn't finish due to a bereavement so OH did most of the work whilst I did most of the fetching and carrying (glad that's over).
The 'twisty black thing ' is a water feature, fab when lit up. The rusty things came from a garden fair from Alfresco Designs, and the dinosaurs etc I simply stole from the children - they are not allowed to move them!
The real garden is all mine and the best bit for me!
Future plans - once I don't need the grass for cricket, rounders, even football - I'd like to have some thing to split it up, twisting beds from one area to another. When I can ditch the trampoline and tower I can hopefully make a secret garden with trellis, arches and doorways....oh the list goes on, but for now I'm happy just piling in more plants!