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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After Janice had drunk some tea she felt better; Cora came in from hanging out the clothes and asked about Janice.

“She’s a bit under the weather Cora is all.’

Janice got up from the chair holding her belly and then smiled at Cora.

“Thank you for the tea Mrs Hogg; I better be getting back to the field; they will be missing me.’

“I will pop over later to see how you are Janice alright?

“That would be nice Miriam; I look forward to it.

Janice walked slowly out of the gate then closed it behind her. She walked down the yard then onto the road that led to the gate where the camp was.

“That girl doesn’t look well at all if you ask me Miriam I think we ought to get the doctor out.’

“No, Cora she said with urgency; she’s not ill she’s expecting.’

“Oh my God; the poor lass must be passed herself with worry.’

“She is Cora; George Barrett is the father and he doesn’t know yet?

“She has got to tell the lad. He got her into this mess in the first place; he has to take responsibility.’

“Well she is going to tell him later so I will go over and speak with her then.

“Look Miriam she cannot stay in that camp people are going to talk and she will begin to show within a moth or two. I want you to bring her back here with you tonight and she can share the room with you.’

“Thank you Cora, I will.’

“Now, we need to get the room sorted for her; there’s and Iron bed frame in the garage which will fit on the other side of your room.

Both women went outside then walked to the double garage where William kept his machinery and other tools. At the back against the wall was the bed frame they took an end each then walked back to the house with it.

When all the pieces were brought in both women set about putting it together using the nuts and bolts and a spanner. Then they brought in a mattress from the barn it had been covered in plastic to keep it clean and free from pests.

They brought it in then laid it in place then Cora brought some sheets and blankets from the airing cupboard. They made up the bed and then Cora brought one of her spare pillows and placed it on the bed.

“There that is better than sleeping in field.’

“I think we’ve earned a cup of tea Cora; I will put the kettle on.’


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