I love my garden. I love looking at it, I love working in it, I love relaxing in it, I love entertaining in it. But.... last week I came home at lunchtime, it was hot & sunny and I thought it would be nice to just relax on the patio for half an hour. Something suddenly caught my eye between the 2 apple trees - there was a 4 ft long snake! (It might only have been 3ft but who's counting?!) Now, I am one of those people who totally freak out when they see a snake (urgh, even typing the word makes me feel sick) on TV... but IN MY GARDEN?! My neighbour has since told me she has had 2 in her garden pond this week, 2 work colleagues have said they have had one in their gardens. My husband suggested it had only come into the garden to lay it's eggs - does that mean that one day I will look out & see the garden full of snakes? Is this all part of global warming? If so does anyone know a brass band in Iceland I can join?! Suggestions as to how to DETER snakes in the garden would be gratefully received - I really don't care whether they are poisonous or not, it's just the way they move that spooks me.