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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“Well that went better than I expected it to Mr Hughes.’

“I think Miss Villeverde will be putty in my hands old boy.’

There must be plenty of other evidence that we can dig up about Miss Villeverde

“Oh yes I know because she told me.”

That is excellent Mr Barrett; we will get it all down on paper.”


Janice came back home and felt worse than what she had before going.

She could have used a drink right now to settle her nerves but when she looked at herself in the mirror in the washroom she looked dreadful; her eyes were sunken holes and had black circles around them. She looked twenty years older than she was.”

She made sausage, egg, and chips for the boys tonight as she just couldn’t be bothered to cook a big meal.

“How did it go in court today then Janice asked her father curiously?

Janice explained about the gin to her father and he laughed.

“If that is the case then every bugger in Ashington is an alcoholic an aal’ then.”

“Divven’t be worrying yersel noo lass do ya hear me?

“Aye Da’ I think I will go for a lie down I’m a bit tired. Will you look after Jackie for me?

“Whey aye lass, gannin’ have yersel a lie doon.”

“Wor Jan don’t look well t’me mind said Jim.”

“Well we are ganna have t’ look after hor noo because she’s looked after us aal’ this time.’

Yes,’ ya reet Da.’

“Aal’ gan take wor Jackie doon to the park for a kick a boot with me old football.”

Jim went into his room then came out with a football.

“It’s flat yer gan a het t pump it up like.”

Jim got his bicycle pump then fitted an adaptor then began to pump up the leather cased football.

He dug out his old football boots with wooden studs on the soles and quickly rubbed some dubbing on them then put them around his neck.

“Haway then Jackie we are gan t’ the park.’

Jackie got his duffle coat and gloves.

“Here’s your hat said Jim and he helped him put it on.

“See you in an hour or so.’

Jackie happily followed his uncle down the lane then up to the park.


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