So, to illustrate:
This first picture is of me on our deck last year (2007) on March 11th. It was the first beautiful morning that it was warm enough to drink our coffee outside.
This year? HA! Is this picture from December or March? (I took it last weekend.)
I took the third picture last weekend, too . . . another from the vantage point of the pub balcony.
And, coming full-circle: the snowy walkway and deck THIS year (taken on Thursday). Not quite sitting-outside-enjoying-the-sun weather yet, is it?!