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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I have only one brother he’s older than me; he will be taking over the farm when it starts to become too much for my father.”

“Do you not resent that Geordie; sorry can I call you Geordie as George sounds a bit, well you know, ponsified.

“My mother calls me Georgie.”

“Well that’s better than George isn’t it.

“Right then Georgie; what are you havin’ to drink?

I will have a pint of Theakston’s real ale if you don’t mind.”

“I haven’t tried that before so I think I shall have a half.’ “What about you Miriam?

“I will stick with the Amber I think Janice.

“Robertson and Haskell deal with business law don’t they Miriam?

“Yes we look after many firms across the country.’

“I’m sure my father is with you as well.’ I will ask him when I get home.”

“What do you call your brother then Georgie?

“He’s called Alan.”

“Is he married?

“No he is all about the farm is Alan; that is all he ever talks about is his animals where as I just sell them.”

“Is the farm as big as Tommy’s father’s?

“No,’ we have about 80 acres but keep mostly live stock like sheep, pigs, and cattle.

We grow mostly oilseed rape and wheat.

I see; so do you help out your brother at weekends and holidays.

“No.’ I do very little on the farm Miriam. Alan rarely needs my help; he and my father are very close whereas my mother and I get on really well.’

“Do you wish to be closer to your father then?

“Not really, he has his way and I have mine; I respect him Miriam don’t get me wrong but my father has never really shown me the love or the respect that he shows Alan.’

Janice returned with the drinks then sat down.”

Miriam looked at her watch. It was now 7.35pm and Tommy still hadn’t arrived yet.

Someone got up and began to play the piano in the corner of the room which broke the silence.

“So tell me Georgie what type of music are you into then?

“I like classical music, Janice I was brought up with Strauss and Chopin, Beethoven, and Mozart.

“Right said Janice; whose face had sunk like a burst balloon.”

“What about you who do you like to listen to?

“I like Doris Day, Billie Holiday, Andy Williams but my all time favourite is Frank Sinatra; God that man’s voice just sends me.’

 

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