And so, as the days lengthen, today I found the first cold, grumpy frog in the pond - presumably working on the basis that it's the early frog that gets the, erm, frog.
So we declare the Beaker Feast of Frog Flinging. This ancient act of worship goes back to at least 2011. Can I remind Beaker Folk of the salient points:
1. No real, live frogs. Stuffed frogs, toy frogs and plastic frogs are all fine.
2. No china frogs, pottery frogs or generally hard, heavy frogs. That was an awful black eye Marston suffered last year.
3. The frogs of the Tribe of Zebulun are to be arranged anticlockwise, or "antifrogwise", around the Pillar of frog arranging. The rest according to the ancient dictates in the Book of Neil.
4. Anyone offering unauthorised leapfrog is to have their eyebrows dyed an unlikely colour.
5. The "Little Pebbles" group is to be renamed :Little Tadpoles" from today until Munchkin Thursday.
6. Tapioca for lunch. Yum.
7. Small prayer groups, or "Lily pads" will gather at 11am for Prayer for Lord Green. It ain't easy being green.
8. Hymns today are "Frog Chorus", "Frog in thy name I Go", "The Long and Winding Toad." For the ceremony of Complain tonight, "Oh Froggy Night".
9. Burton Dasset is this year's King Frog. Again.
OK. Get out there, and fling some frogs!