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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Jack told his sons that there was another meeting down at the club tonight so after dinner they could get ready.

George and Jim knew what their father meant when ever he said that there was a meeting down at the club, it meant trouble.

“Aye righto Da’ said George.’

“Nice bit of Steak and kidney pie wor Janice said Jim nervously.’

Is there and pudding asked George?

“Aye, I made a treacle sponge and some egg custard.’

“Hey wor Jan We’re ganna’ miss you’re cooking when we move out.’

“If Helen’s cooking isn’t up to scratch can I come here for my dinner he laughed.’

“Aye and that gan’s for me an aa’l mind said Jim.’

“This will always be you’re home said their father; you are welcome to come here any time yer na that.

Thanks Da’

Mind if ya women cannot cook then you’re both in trouble.’

“We were only kiddin’ Da,’ Kate is a good cook replied Jim.’

Jackie ate up his dinner then banged the spoon on the table. “Tustad mam.’

C U S T A R D his mother spelt out.

“Custard Jackie repeated.

“Good lad Jackie boy said his grand father.

“See that! Jackie learns fast; he’s going to be a clever little bugger when he goes up yee mark my words.’

Jackie put out the puddings then poured the custard over them. The steam from the custard rose up from the bowl as Jackie opened and closed his hand, his way of asking for something.

Wait until it cools down a bit Jackie it’s too hot yet.

Jackie looked at his grand father and uncles who were blowing on their spoons of pudding and began to copy them.

Janice placed the bowl near the window until it had cooled enough to give it to her son who wolfed it down.

There was custard on his face so Jackie wiped him down with a flannel.

The lads put their plates into the sink then kissed their sister.

Right then let’s get down to that meeting what time is it.

Jack took out his gold watch on an Albert chain; he flicked the lid of the cover to reveal the time.

“Seven fifteen; come on we will have to hurry if we want to get to the club.”


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