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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Brian kept pouring water into Adrianna’s mouth so she had to swallow it. After forty minutes the doctor arrived he hooked up an intravenous drip after inserting a canola

in her arm. He gave her something for the stomach cramps and said that she would need to use the toilet very soon so they had to get her into the farm house.

He asked what kind of fungi she’d eaten and the girl said Mushroom; big round she eats raw. The doctor left several bags of fluid that had to be changed and said he would call back later.

“Well done Brian; another fifteen minutes and she would have gone into a coma with renal failure.

 The doctor said she had picked up a bug from eating a raw mushroom.’ “Cooking kills the bacteria you see.’

The spare room had two beds in there so Brian carried the young woman to the room.

“You are going to have to undress your sister and make her wear these tracksuit bottoms and a tee shirt because she will need to use the toilet urgently in about ten minutes.

Brian came out of the room whilst Serene took off her clothing and put on the tracksuit jogging bottoms and the tee shirt.

“Help me please; she needs to use the toilet.”

Brian carried her to the toilet and serene saw to her needs, she must have been in there an hour or more before she was able to stand on her own. The colour returned to her face and her temperature came down. “Thank you so much she kept repeating over and over as Serene put her back to bed.

The first bag of fluid was empty so she changed it and then knelt by the bed.

Her sister slept for five hours.

Brian made Serene a nice cup of tea, a sandwich, and a piece of cake.

“It was now ten thirty at night and Serene asked if she could have water for the horse.’

Brian said he would go with her and brought a bag of oats for the horse to eat.

“I want to thank you for saving my sisters life; I will be forever in your debt.”

“It was nothing, really it was.’

Brian let the horse eat the oats whilst Serene asked him where his wife was.’

“I have no wife he laughed; I live with my father as my mother died two years passed.

“I’m sorry I bet you and your father miss her.’

“Yes we do; my mother was a lovely woman she took care of us all.”

“Well I can cook and clean and help around the farm to pay for the doctor.

“There is no need we have the National Health Service which is free.’

“I still work until my sister is well; then if you have work on the farm we work for you.

“We sleep in wagon and will not be trouble. This I swear.’

“Alright Serene if you insist.’


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