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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Janice was clearly distraught as she asked Miriam if George Barrett could do this to her having denied being the child’s father. He hasn’t wanted contact with Jackie since he was born and now all of a sudden he wants’ him.’ I just don’t understand Miriam.”

Miriam asked if she had a solicitor.

I’ve never had need of one Miriam; anyway they cost a lot of money; money I haven’t got.

“Leave this to me Janice; I will have a word with Thomas when he comes in. The pips went on the phone and Janice told her that she would speak to her soon.

Janice walked back to the house wondering how George Barrett had found out where she lived. One thing was certain and that was she would not allow George Barrett to take her bairn. Jackie was hers she thought, Barrett had no right to try and take the child from her.

She was angry now she threw plate in the sink in temper and it shattered.

Jackie jumped with the sound of the breaking china.

Janice drew Jackie to her breast she held him tightly; what’s the matter mam?

Nothing Son; go and play with your toys.

Janice went to the stone sink and began to lift out the broken plate then put it into some newspaper then into the bin outside.

She got on with making a steak and kidney pie for dinner and some treacle sponge for pudding which Jackie and her brothers liked.

When her father did return from work she showed him the letter.

“Over my dead body is that swine taking my grandson away from me Janice. I don’t care if we have got to go to the highest court in the land.’

But Da’ he’s a man of wealth and property they will say that he is better suited to look after Jackie and they will take him from me.’

“Wait until your brothers come in and we will see if we can sort this out. I know a friend whose father is a solicitor. He might take the case or put us onto someone who will.’


George and Jim came in at 7:15 p.m they washed up and sat at the table whilst Janice brought the pie out of the oven. She placed it on the wooden board then got the plates out of the cupboard. Janice spooned the pie onto the plates then passed them around then the boys helped themselves to vegetables from their father’s allotment down the lane. Jackie was in the club as a leek grower. He prided himself as one of the best leek growers in Northumberland. He spent most of his time there in his little hut when he wasn’t working.

The table never went short of vegetables because Miriam brought her potatoes and other vegetables from the farm.



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