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 government stated that they would only allow 14% moisture in the grain or it would cause mould. The rats around the farm were becoming a problem as well so grain was placed into glass jars and fitted into the ends of the tubes. When the rats got used to eating the grain, poison was added to kill them off.

During the time that Thomas was spending on the land Miriam was also driving the tractors and helping to cover up the carrot harvest. The turnips that could not be fed to humans were fed to the cattle. Thomas drove the Alice Charmer combined harvester to gather in the valuable wheat crop. This had to be done before the rains hit because a crop could be ruined otherwise.


Janice Villaverde was still seeing George Barrett who kept on asking when they were going to have a night out together but Thomas said this was impossible until all the planting was complete. He was working seventy hours a week and Miriam fifty.

Cora’ allowed Miriam to sleep in the spare room of the cottage now because she was working all hours on the farm and helping Cora with the chores in the cottage.

Cora didn’t worry about the two of them because they went to bed exhausted every night. It was in July of 1942 that Janice came to see Miriam.

She looked withdrawn and very worried.

“What’s the matter asked Miriam?

“I’m being sick each morning Miriam; I think I’m dying. I cannot keep food down and I’m losing weight.

“Janice how long is it since you’ve had a period?

“I’ve missed two now but I put it down food poisoning.’

“Janice you’re not ill; you’re pregnant.

“I can’t be Miriam my father will kill me and my brothers will kill Georgie.

“Does Georgie know?

“No,’ he may dump me if I tell him Miriam; he might think I set out to trap him.

“Does he love you Janice?

“I don’t know Miriam, he has never said although he knows I love him.’

“Then you must tell him and if he’s willing to stand by you then good if not you need to consider what you are going to do. One thing is certain Janice and that is you cannot bring up a child on your own.’

“I will tell him tonight but I’m not sure he’s going to like the idea of being a father.’

“Well you don’t know that do you; this is why you must speak with him.’

“Thanks Miriam I don’t know what I would do without you.’

“Here sit down and I will make you some tea.’


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