There were two sodden, bedraggled earthworms stranded on the rain-lashed surface of Church Lane this evening. A lady blackbird came by and took an interest in one of them. Then she dropped it and hopped over to the other. She hopped back and forth between the two, picking each one up in turn and then dropping it again. I had to stand there waiting for her to make a decision, which she did eventually, before rescuing the remaining one. I tell you: it’s a hard life being an animal lover.