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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“I just wish we had more time to go out together is all Jan; it’s always work, work and more work. Said Miriam as Cora walked Jackie to the waters edge she rolled up his dungarees then took off his shoes and socks; she removed her shoes and the two of them plodged in the water.


“Tell me about it said Janice; I never stop from morning until night. Washing, ironing, cooking, and cleaning it goes on every day.

“I bet you are glad of a break today then?

“You bet I am; thanks for coming Miriam; I just haven’t had time to come and see you all.’

“I understand; if you had a phone then it would make it easier to keep in touch.’

“Well I hope when my baby comes you won’t be a stranger Jan?

“George and Jim are going to get married soon so there will be less to do in the house; maybe then I can pop around to yours.

“I hope so Jan, I get so lonely up at the farm. “ What about Cora?

“Cora is alright Jan; but its better talking with someone your own age now and again.

“Aye you right there; you are lucky though; I have only Jackie to moan to.’

Cora returned with Jackie and they sat back down on the sand.

“Its lovely down on the waters edge; the bairn loves the water; we will have to teach him how to swim when he gets a little older.

“We best be heading back Cora it’s five past four and your casserole will be ruined if we leave it much longer.’

They shook the sand off Jackie’s feet then put his socks and sandals back on. Cora brushed the sand off hers too then they got into the car.

When they dropped Janice off; they waved at them then drove off.

Little Jackie was waving back at the gate as the car pulled away.


Back at the farm two calves had been born and they were both milking cows. One of them was twisted around so Thomas had to push his arm inside then try to turn the calf around. They got the rope around the calf’s feet then the pulled for all they were worth; the calf wasn’t budging. They had to get the calf puller which is a mechanical winch used to pull out the calf from its womb. It is cranked until the back legs are freed enough to pull the calf out by hand. Once that was done they swung the calf around to clear its lungs then they set it down next its mother so she could clean it.

Soon after the little calf was standing and suckling.

“Well,’ there are two new additions to the herd son”

“Aye,’ there are some who are coming to an end of their milking life. We can send them to the Abattoir and then sell them on to the butcher.


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