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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“Now you know why we do the milking by machine these days. Have you girls just arrived?

We came on Monday Tommy.

So are you camping on the field out there then?

“Yes,’ it’s a bit hard sleeping in a sleeping bag on the ground but you just have to get on with it don’t you.”

“I can help you out with a couple of straw mattresses if you like. It will make sleeping on hard ground a bit easier for you both.

“Could you; that is so kind of you.’

“It’s the least I can do considering that you are working on the farm.’

“Do you know how long you will be here for then?

“They said that it could be up to a year depending on the war.’

You will be fully conversant with all the running of a farm by the time you leave.

Tommy unhooked the cows after the milking was done then moved the cows out then onto the field where there had been grazing for the last two weeks.

“How long do they stay in one field?’

Depends sometimes it’s three weeks and other times a month then they are moved to another field to graze.

“Not much of a life for the poor cow is it said Janice; all they do is chew grass, dump poo all over the bloody place, then get milked three times a day.”

Tommy shut the gate then walked with the girls back to the yard where they went to finish off what they were doing.

Tommy asked what they did at night time and the girls said that they didn’t do much but sit around. They sometimes helped with meals or washing up.

Are you allowed to go out then?

“We are not prisoners you know Tommy.”

“Okay then how would you like to go to the Dun Cow on Friday night?”

“What’s on there like? “ Well we have a drink and a sing song.”

“Who else is coming like asked Janice?

“I have a friend called George Barrett, who works on Jackson’s farm up the road he usually meets up with me?

“What’s he like said Janice?’

“Well he’s about five nine tall with black hair.’

“Is he good looking?

He hasn’t got buck teeth and wears spectacles has he?

“Do you know him then joked Tommy?”

“Alright then what time?

“I will se you there around 7pm but don’t forget that I’m a farmer and when I’m doing a field I just cannot leave it and go swanning off.”

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