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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Thomas was very nervous as he Stood in the church of St Aiden’s waiting for his bride to appear. He had arrived on the front of a tractor that had been repainted for the occasion.

Miriam arrived on the back of a trailer from the farm.

She looked beautiful as her father walked her down the aisle with her bridesmaids; where he handed over his daughter to Thomas.

The minister came out and addresses the congregation.

“Dearly beloved we are gathered here today in the sight of god to bare witness to the marriage of Thomas Matthew Hogg to Miriam Nixon.”

Both made their vows before everyone and then signed the register. They were now man and wife and Thomas was the happiest man alive.

They stood for the photographer as all the photos were taken and then they jumped on the back of the trailer where they went back to the yard. Outside on a grass verge on what turned out to be the hottest day of the year there was a long trellis table and everyone sat down whilst the food, wine, and ale flowed freely.

Miriam said that it was the most memorable day of her life.

What no one had noticed when they came out of the church was George Barrett who hid in the corner. He caught sight of Janice as she took the baby from Cora. He saw his face and it was unmistakably like him.

He swore that he do everything in his power to get his son back.

His father had passed away due to a heart attack. They found him at the wheel of his tractor he was only fifty five years old. At the reading of his will he had left half the farm to him and the other half to his brother but the farm house was left to him alone.

He had asked his brother to buy his share of the farm for £250.000. His brother Alan agreed but he wanted the farm house as well. After wrangling over price his brother agreed on a figure of £320.000.

George moved to Seaton Delaval where he bought a four bed roomed house for £70.000 it came with four acres of land.

He only saw his brother at the market when he either came to buy or sell live stock.

George never attended his brother’s wedding either. He was in Spain on holiday where he bought into property which he rented to wealthy clients who came to the market. He was making over £50.000 alone from his holiday lets and bought more properties as they came up for sale. George was going to be a very wealthy man.

By the time he would be twenty seven he would be a millionaire.

He then would seek to get his son back.

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