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 September 2nd 1945 the war in Europe was over the Americans were still at war with Japan until they dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki the Japanese surrendered days later. There were street parties all over Britain and a national holiday was declared.

Thomas and William however still had to milk the cows and feed them.

They still went to the fields to cut the wheat and barley.

Where then it was threshed and the hay stacked ready to be baled.

The yield this year had been better than last and the profits up. The down side was that they would still be on ration books until 1954.

They could now take down the black out curtains and use their lights at night.

Thomas couldn’t wait until the farm was returned to them and they could then grow what they liked.

Slowly the country returned to normality and people were no longer afraid to leave their houses.

Food that had been restricted was now freely available to buy.

Ernest Bevin came up with a plan during the war where by all boys who were fourteen were conscripted to work down the pits because most of the men were away fighting for the country. 720.000 boys were needed to supply our ships and power stations with coal.

Quite a number of boys refused to go down the pit and they were sent to prison to do hard labour. The secretaries picked out numbers from 0-9 and the national service number was then used. The boys wore no uniforms so they were viewed wrongly as consciences objectors. They were kept in service three years after the war had ended which caused a lot of tension between family members.

The Land Army girls returned to their homes but it paved the way for employers to employ women instead of men because they could do the same work but were paid far less; this again caused unrest in the community.

Miriam went out and bought herself some new clothes and make up which had been restricted during the war.

 Thomas was shocked when he saw her all dressed up.

“Wow Miriam you look beautiful; where are you going?

I’m not going anywhere unless you are taking me out?

“Well I’d love to pet but I have a lot on tonight it is going to be after ten before I get back. Three of the cows are calving and they could give birth at anytime.

 Well I’m sorry Tommy but I have news too.

“Yes,’ what is it he said as he washed his oil stained hands in the sink.’

“You’re going to be a father next spring.”

“What?

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