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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Gerry Leteve brought the corrugated iron sheets on the back of his trailer so they hooked it up to the tractor then set off  the silo had to be big enough to feed a herd of cattle so he figured it had to be about twenty feet square and about seven feet high.

The sheets had been drilled; but they had to be sunk into the earth the same way in which the shelter had been made once in place they were filled in with compacted soil from the inside. Then they were bolted together and tightened up a roof was made  and a moveable sheet at the front  the silage would be placed on a bed of dry straw to stop insects getting into the feed then it was compacted down and another layer of straw placed on top to keep the heat in. Then a plastic sheet is placed over it and the roof put on top. Silage was usually made from grasses or oat or barley straw.

Once done the silage would be ready in six weeks.



Thanks Gerry for your help I will drop by with some eggs and vegetables for your wife. Sorry it couldn’t be more my friend but times are hard as you well know and meat is like gold dust. Look on the bright side though Gerry; Gertrude the pig will be ready to eat in two months so that is something to look forward to.

Aye we can organise a party with the land girls to celebrate.

I will see my friends and we can make some elderflower wine and cider if we can raid the apple storage or find some apples growing in the hedgerows.

So we have two months to make ready then. Can you get your mate the one who plays the fiddle. “You mean Sam Collin’s?

“Aye and his mate Charlie Browel the banjo player is it?

 “Yes that’s him. I can play the harmonica so that’s the music sorted.

Gerry mentioned that he knew a base player called Bob Gales who would come along and play to so now we have a band. They call themselves the “Corn Dodger’s” I believe.

I will have words with the girls from the land army and get some buntings made we will throw some hay bales around and have us a real barn dance in the open air.

Let’s hope that that weather holds out.

 Well it’s May now so we will be into July so it should be dry but nothing is certain.

Right Gerry I must leave you; I’ve got to move the herd today onto another field.

“Leave things to me to sort out. This is going to be one hell of a hoe down.’

Gerry got into his truck after fastening his trailer up and then drove away.

Thomas looked at his to do list that he carried around then headed towards the field where all the cows were to move them onto the next field up. He brought with him a big roll of railings that would cordon off the field where the cows had been by means of an electric fence which ran off a small battery charge.

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