Mr Tick Tock or Mr Clockwork is entirely fictional but based on a few allotment holders and vegetable growers I have met in Blighty.
You know the type? Mr Clockwork will arise from his bed and slumber at seven am precisely every morning.
He will make his sandwiches and cook his breakfast and eat it. He does not particularly like his ham and tomato sandwiches on white bread. But he cannot really complain. He makes them!
Mr Clockwork sets off and walks down the lane to his allotment next to the railway line. He opens his gate and opens his shed door, takes out his gardening tools and commences his work. This is at the very same time he started his work when he was in full time employment.
At ten o'clock one of his fellow allotment growers shouts:
"Come on Tom. There's a cup of brew ready . It's time for your tea break".
This followed at twelve for "Lunch" or "Dinner" if you come from up North. There is also a mid afternoon break at "Three" or "Tree" if you live in Ireland.
Old Mr Tick Tock/Clockwork is retired and free to do what ever he wants and when he wants. But alas, he is ruled by time and set routine!
Even when he retired. His work colleagues presented him with a (wait for it) CLOCK! He had been watching TIME on the works clock for the last forty years. Poor, poor man. He's addicted to time. Even allotted (allotment) time!