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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The girls ate the food then Thomas asked them to wait until he began to remove the cover from the edge of the field; underneath was an abundance of carrots ready to be harvested. The girls then waited until Thomas drove the tractor then lined it up with the rows and then he asked the girls to help him load the trailer.

“They were amazed at how fast Thomas could pick up the carrots then place them into the trailer then they moved along and started again until the area that they had uncovered was clear. Then they moved to the next area to be cleared. By the third area the girls were picking up speed and were nearly as Thomas.

The whole field was cleared in two and a half hours.”

The girls climbed onto the trailer and sat on the top as Thomas drove back to the yard where there was a machine that when unloaded they went onto a conveyor belt then into a place where they were washed then came out the other side into another trailer. The carrots were all weighed there was over ten tons of carrots.

They will fetch a good price at the market today.

“I hate to hurry you but we must get to Newcastle now.

Thomas got into the lorry and the trailer was lowered. Both the girls got in along side Thomas; Miriam was closest to Thomas and there legs were almost touching at one point.

They were stopped by the police who asked where they were going.

“Grainger Market officer.’

Do you have a farm permit for this vehicle sir?

“Yes officer here; Thomas handed him the letter of authority.

“Thank you sir you can go.”

“Thank you officer enjoy your day.”

Thomas pressed down on the accelerator and the lorry moved slowly forward

Until the barrier was lifted then he sped away.

They unloaded the carrots at the market then he was given a receipt so he could claim the money from the government.

They drove back to the farm it was just after five thirty. The girls climbed the fence that led to the encampment

 “See you tonight then Tommy they shouted.”

“Not if I see you first he laughed; Thomas pulled away and went back to the yard where he parked up then ran to get the cows milked and put back into the barns for the night. His mother knew he was going out so she had his bath ready for him. He shaved quickly then undressed by the fireside and stepped into the tin bath.

His aching muscles relaxed in the water and he closed his eyes for ten minutes before setting about washing himself.

 

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