Retired Pat is working more hours than ever - in her Almondbury garden

Pat Oliver has been working a lot of early mornings and late nights recently

Pat Oliver in her garden at 123, Kaye Lane, Almondbury.

Pat Oliver has been working a lot of early mornings and late nights recently.

Although she is retired and now spends most of her days looking after her four grandchildren, Pat has been out at 6am and then again until 10pm getting her Almondbury garden ready for a visit by members of the Bluebell Gardening Club this week.

Pat’s was one of four gardens in Kaye Lane visited by the group, which meets at St John’s Church in Lepton on the first Tuesday of every month.

The garden is her passion, although she admits to being somewhat of an informal gardener, buying as many plants as possible and packing them into the large cottage garden with its panoramic views of Castle Hill.

Pat (pictured), 69, said: “The garden is very tranquil. I have four lawns and I find mowing very therapeutic.

“I came back from holiday in Florida and the garden was horrendous. I have been in there at 6am every morning dealing with the slugs and working again from 7pm to 10pm.

“It’s been hard work, but it does look good now, everybody on the visit seemed to like it. The Bluebell is a superb gardening club, I have learned so much.”

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