We were visiting the lovely and spacious gardens of Coombe Dingle earlier this week. In one large garden, amongst the bountiful vegetables, we found a piece of corrugated iron – a perfect place for snakes hiding from the heat. But lo! As well as a grass snake (too quick for my trigger finger, alas!) we found a very contented slow worm. We left it to its business and continued with our sampling, which happened to be very fruitful. Or should that be vegetable-ful?