After choosing the right stones, the brute part of the job began ;) The paving stones had to be pressed into the ground. My husband did it by hammering on a piece of wood with the blunt side of our ax:
It sure was an exhausting job, but we didn't want to use a vibrating plate because the pavement would have lost its characteristic unevenness.
Slowly but surely we advanced
and finally finished this work step:
Then the gaps had to be filled with some kind of grout. We used "home-made" gravel-sand, consisting of the sieved soil we had dug out before.
What next? The gravel-sand was removed by hosing the spot with water, then we refilled it with gravel-sand, hosing it again ....
And this is the final result:
I think it turned out great!