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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Miriam was wearing a pair of slacks but she could still feel the heat through the material as she sat down. The drive down to Ashington was pleasant with a nice sea breeze blowing through the window.

“I hope that Janice is in when we get there said Cora.’

“I don’t think Janice goes out that much Cora; she spends all her time looking after her father and brothers.’

“Poor lass, she has enough to do looking after little Jackie; it’s a full time job looking after a baby as you are to find out said Cora as she stroked her hand as it was resting on the clutch.

“Janice doesn’t even know yet; wait until I tell her that I’m having a baby next year.

“She will be thrilled I’m sure.’

They Drove through Blyth the way Thomas had directed her. All the barricades had been removed since the war and children were playing happily at the waters edge with bucket and spades. Others were in the surrounding rock pools looking for crabs and starfish. The smell from the power station made Cora wind up the window.

There was a large tanker in the dock the side was rusted and in need of painting as they turned off towards Pegswood. Cora hadn’t seen a colliery before so Miriam reduced speed so that she and her mother in law could have a look. Then they passed the lake where there were some people were fishing.

They carried on and Cora pointed out a road sign to Woodhorn Road.

“It’s not far now Cora just up the hill. They pulled outside of the house to see Janice hanging out nappies on the line.

“Hi Jan; Miriam shouted.

“Janice dropped the nappy that she was about to hang out into the basket and ran towards her friend and gave her a big hug and then hugged Cora.

“I hope that you don’t mind us dropping in said Miriam I thought we would come and take you and little Jackie out in the car.’

“Well come in and have a nice cup of tea first then I will throw on some decent clothes.

Cora and Miriam were surprised at how big that these Pitman’s cottages were.

They didn’t have much in the way of furniture but what they had was spotlessly clean,

The water was on the range already and didn’t take long to boil as Janice brought out Jackie from the bedroom where he’d been playing with his building bricks with letters of the alphabet on them in various colours.

“Hello Jackie, come to Auntie Miriam.

He’s getting big now Janice said Cora. Yes.’ he’s nearly three old now and walking around.

Janice poured the tea then asked then to help them selves to sugar.

 

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