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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On Christmas day 1942 Miriam helped with the preparation of the dinner they were having Goose which Cora had plucked and stuffed with sage and onion.

They had roasted potatoes and parsnip, with sprouts, and carrots.

The dried fruit ration had been saved to make the Christmas pudding which they had with some rum sauce.

Thomas turned on the radio to listen to the Kings speech. Everyone stood up at the table as George V1 talked about people’s unshakable courage. He said they were determined to fight on to a complete victory with no thought of parley. He went on to say what ever the future might hold he knew that we would respond wholeheartedly to every new demand made upon them. He also said that he was proud of the war effort and the victories in the western desert and the attacks against the Germans by our Ally’s on French soil. We are making notable steps toward final victory.

Well the farmers didn’t get a mention again said William but he mentioned the ammunitions factories.

William sat back in his seat he was bitterly disappointed.

“Come on now William we will have no long faces today said his wife as she kissed his cheek then told him that she was proud of him and Thomas’s efforts since the start of the war.’

William picked up a homemade Christmas cracker and held the end of it out to his wife who pulled it to reveal a paper hat made of news paper and a joke written in pencil.

“Why did you chicken cross the road?

“To get to the other side said Cora, Janice and Miriam.’

“No it was to meet another chicken at the Layer’s Inn he laughed.’


“Shall I open that bottle of elder flower wine Cora?

“Go on then William it is Christmas.’ William went into the cold cupboard and brought out the bottle of home made wine and removed the top and then poured everyone a glass so they could all make a toast.

William kept standing as he raised his glass; Here’s to all are boys who are doing their bit over there; let’s hope that the war is over soon and that peace returns. I look forward to the new life that is to be born soon; they are the future of this great nation of ours. I also look forward to a new addition to our family when Miriam who is to marry my son. To Thomas and Miriam may you be happy all of your lives.

To Thomas and Miriam they said as they drank their health.



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