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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Charlie did his spot then on came a duo called Anthony Mason and Lynda Stylan who played the ukulele to a number of George Formby songs.

Then Jay Oxenham did a tribute to Frank Sinatra which pleased Janice.

They got up to dance in the second half after the bingo which Miriam won so it hadn’t cost them a penny to come out tonight.

They left the club at quarter to eleven Janice told Miriam that she was staying at Georgie’s house tonight and that she would see her in the morning at the barn.

“What do I tell Mrs Hudspeth?”

“You can tell her to piss off that’s what you can do. I’m sick of the old bag.”

Miriam knew not to rile Janice especially when she’d had a few.

“See you in the morning then Janice.’

“Not if I see you first.”

Janice and George went off and left Miriam with Tommy who walked her to the gate to the campsite.

“It’s been a lovely evening Tommy thank you; she leaned over and they kissed passionately. Tommy thought about asking her to come back to the barn with him but changed his mind. It was too soon and he had more respect for Miriam than that. This girl was special to him. It would make the time they shared together better and more worth while when it did happen.


By the end of 1941 the war in Europe raged on and everyone thought it wouldn’t last.

At Christmas they made decorations and they had another pig to eat. William donated five chickens and they had Christmas dinner with all the land army. The Corn Dodgers played and sang and everyone danced the night away and for just a few hours it seemed normal again. Even Mrs Hudspeth joined in.

Since her episode with the cow dung she had resigned herself to taking a more hands on approach with the girls and now everyone was a lot happier in the camp.

Nothing was wasted on the birds that William kindly donated. Their carcases were used to make a pan of soup from the meat that was left and the bones made a beautiful stock. There were always lots of vegetables to eat and to be honest everyone seemed a lot healthier too. There was hardly a sniffle or cold in the camp. The harvest had been fruitful and after the threshing was done and the turnip and carrot crops covered over for a few months.

The whole cycle was ready to begin again. Some of the girls moved on to other farms where they were treated like slaves not only by the people in charge but by the farmer’s wives who made them work ridiculous hours. There never seemed to be enough time in the day to carry out all the work. Janice and Miriam stayed on at Wildacre Farm at the request of Thomas and his father.


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