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 were about to go into their tents after leaving the lads at the gate

When Mrs Hudspeth came out of her tent and told them to be quiet.

“People have got to get up in the morning you know”

“Shut up you old bag said Janice;

“What did you just call me?

“I called you an old bag; and once more one with a pig snout as well so shut or I will shut it for you.” You may go around bullying the rest around here but you won’t bully me.

“Now you listen here young lady I am I charge here and I can easily send you home you know.’

Just try it fatty; I will surely to God knock you on your fat arse.”

Janice opened the flap of her tent and went inside where the two girls broke out into howls of laughter. The rest of the camp who had been listening was giggling too.


When dawn arrived Mrs Hudspeth made sure that Janice was the first one up that morning.

“Now you she said, you can get over to the field up there and get some weeding done.

Sergeant’ Williamson is coming this afternoon and if there is any carry on then you two will be sent packing is that understood?


“Yes what?

“Yes, Mrs Hudspeth said Miriam.

“Janice gave her a look like poison then went with the rest to the top field to do some weeding.

“I will get that warty nosed fat cow if it’s the last thing I do; you just watch.’

Over the next week Miriam and Janice never saw Tommy as they were worked like dogs by Mrs Hudspeth. They started working at dawn then went back at dusk.

On the Saturday Tommy went over to the camp and asked why the two girls that he’d trained to use the specialised equipment in the milking shed and washing process of the vegetables had been removed from their duty.

Sergeant Williams apologised and told him that the two women would be back tomorrow morning.

The sergeant then went to Mrs Hudspeth and gave her a right rollicking.

“Now you bloody well get those two women back where they are needed do you hear me bellowed the sergeant as he came out of her tent.”

 “Yes sergeant;

That night Janice and Miriam were ordered to report to the barn the next morning.

Janice though still had revenge on her mind and she waited until Mrs Hudspeth went to take her shower.


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