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 umbilical cord was cut and then the baby boy cleaned up. Cora passed the doctor a sheet as the baby began to cry; the doctor wrapped him up then passed him to his mother whilst he disposed with the placenta.

Cora cleaned the blood from the plastic sheet then rolled it up.

“Isn’t he beautiful said Janice as she looked upon her son?

“Yes.’ said everyone in the room.’

They thanked the doctor as Thomas drove him back home again.

“What are you going to call your new son then Janice?

“I don’t know; what do you think?

Well what is your father called He’s called John but they call him Jack.

“Why not call him Jackie.

“Aye, Jackie Villaverde has a nice ring to it don’t you think?

“Yes.’ we do, don’t we Miriam.’

“Yes Jan; it’s a lovely name.’

When Thomas returned Cora and Miriam had remade the bed that Janice had been sleeping in then changed her night dress.

“We are going to need some nappies aren’t we?

“I have some money put away for that said Janice but Cora said keep your money “Janice you will need it later for little Jackie.’

“Now at the weekend I think you should take the baby to meet his granddad.”

“Do you think so; what if he disowns me Cora?

 If he does, which I very much doubt; then you can always come back here. There will always be a place here for you.

“Alright Cora I will go.’

Now we will leave you to feed the little one. Give me a shout if you need anything.

“I will get Thomas to get you some nappies at nine o’clock from the chemist shop in Whitley Bay.

“Thanks Cora; you have been lovely.”

“Stop it you’ll have me crying in a minute. Cora closed the door then told William to open another bottle of that elderflower wine. “We have to wet the babies head.”

William didn’t need telling twice as he went into the cold cupboard and brought out another bottle.

When all the glasses were filled they drank to baby Jackie; may he live long and prosper.’


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