Before The Harvest

"Before the Harvest " I know you will enjoy this story of three generations of farmers During the outbreak of WW2. Janice Villeverde and her friend Miriam Nixon are sent to Wildacre Farm in the New York Estate. it is there that they are put to work along with many others to help the war effort. it is there that they meet up with young Thomas Hogg who introduces the girls to his friend George Barrett. After a brief courtship Janice finds herself in trouble and George Barrett sends her away when she tells him. Forced to bring up a child on her own Janice swears revenge on the man who wronged her. Before the Harvest gives you an insight of how a farm worked during the war years; a story of love hate and revenge.

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“A man of many talents Tommy said Miriam as they came out of the shelter into the darkness of night.

“I thought I would calm the younger ones down.”

“It certainly did that; did you speak with your friend George then?

“Yes I rang him and he will be there tomorrow night.’

“Good I shall tell Janice she will be pleased.’

“I shall see you tomorrow then Miriam;

“Not if I see you first.”

“Come on Thomas; let’s get back to our dinner shouted his father.

“Coming dad; look I must go. Bye for now.”

Bye said Miriam as she stood and watched Thomas go into the cottage house.

“Who’s the young lady then asked his father?

“She’s called Miriam dad and I’m taking her out tomorrow night.”

“My you’re a fast one aren’t you?”

I met her this afternoon dad, she wanted to know how we milked the cows. Thomas went on to tell his father about Molly the Jersey cow who left Janice soaked when she decided to urinate. His father fell about laughing.

“That’ll teach these city girls eh.”

“They live in Northumberland dad they are both from mining families.’

“It is a tough life down the pit son; like us farmers they earn every penny.”

Cora had reheated their dinner then added more gravy and the two men tucked in without a single complaint.

“Are you going out again later father?

“Yes; I’ve a farmers meeting over at John Baxter’s farm since this war started I’ve never know as many farmers meetings.

“Funny how you always come back smelling of cider then isn’t it said Cora with a grin.”

“Well John likes a drop of cider that he squirreled away so we have a pint or two that’s all love; you know I don’t drink that much.

In thirty years of marriage Cora had never seen her husband drunk and she hoped that she never would either.

Tomorrow Tom can you help me build a make shift silo there is a shortage of feed for the animals so we have to make our own.

“Okay dad I will see to it first thing.’

“I will get Gerry Leteve  the black smith to help you I’m sure he’s got some sheets of corrugated iron left that the used to make the shelter with.

 

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