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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They talked until 12:30 a.m. then Brian went to bed; he heard the two women giggling and he figured they were comparing notes.

He would no doubt find out from his best friend tomorrow.


The light of dawn shone through the little window in Brians room he heard his father in the kitchen so he knew that his breakfast was being cooked. He could smell bacon frying in the pan. Jumping out of bed he rushed to the toilet then began to wash himself. He didn’t shave until he finished work even though he had an electric razor.

He cleaned his teeth then checked his smile in the mirror before throwing a clean adidas tee shirt on and his wrangler jeans.

“Morning Dad’

Morning son’ I’ve fried a bit of bacon for you and the girls so you can make a sandwich. I’m off to milk the cows.’

“See you later then dad.’

“Not if I see you first.”

Brian smiled knowing that was his mum’s favourite saying. He poured his tea into the pint pot then poured in some milk.

He cut himself two slices of bread that Serene had baked the day before and used the butter that his father churned every day still.

“He couldn’t help thinking how set in his ways his father was. “ He loved his father though even though he was a bit old fashioned.

At 5:30 a.m. he went out to the tractor with his bacon sandwich and his pot of tea he checked the plough to make sure that it was working then hooked it up he oiled all the moving parts. Then he finished eating his sandwich and swallowed a few more gulps of his tea then went back inside and placed the pot into the sink after draining the remainder. He heard the girls stirring as he left.

He drove to the field with a smile on his face as he turned on the radio.

Alan Fuzz Freeman played the unmistakable sound of Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones Brown Sugar’ Brian sang along to it as he pulled into the now empty cabbage field that he’d harvested yesterday.

He lined up the tractor and then set the plough down and then put his foot on the accelerator after releasing the hand break. The plough cut through the furrows turning over the soil. He made sure that he kept a straight line.

He would get the onion sets planted later today he thought as he went along. His mind wandered back to last night and Serene as Ringo Starr belted out “It don’t come easy”

He couldn’t wait to be with her again; but the farm had to come first; always the farm.


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