An update from the field (or terrace, rather). Work continues to creep towards what we hope will be a conclusion sometime in the near future. Since my last report ten days ago, the "work"men have managed to locate most (not all) of the planter boxes to their permanent locations, and most (not all) are now filled with potting soil, and even some plantings. That's about the sum total of their labours. Bear in mind we are talking about four strapping great men "working" five days a week. This morning, this is the view -- apparently it is vitally important to warm the potting soil to body temperature before placing it into the planter. The most efficient way to accomplish this is to place the bag of soil in direct sun, then recline upon it. Place your cell phone on your abdomen to ensure that your weight is evenly distributed, then languish in position for a minimum of half an hour.
Extra: Taken about 10 days ago ...same guy, almost the same pose, same dirt bags!