We do have a large enough patio area to house a table and there is a pergola over the back door covered with wisteria which provides a lot of shade in the summer.
Finally, we love the fact that along the fences there are raised beds in which the previous owner planted roses and a fruit tree:
This year I also decided to plant a vegetable container garden. Tomatoes, beans, peppers, herbs.. the girls have been having a great time 'farming' in the back yard.
I guess the moral of this post is: good things can come in small packages!