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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“Right I will see you on Friday night then.’

“Not if we se you first they laughed.”

Tommy wandered off where the girls began to chat to each other as Thomas went into the house.

“Who was that you were talking to said Thomas’s mother who had been watching him from the kitchen window.”

“Just two girls from the Land Army mam; I was teaching them how to milk the cows.”

“As long as that was all you were doing lad; I don’t want you to get yourself into trouble over a couple of land girls.”

“Come on mam, I’m twenty two years old now; I have to meet girls somehow and this could be my opportunity.”

“Not every woman wants to be the wife of a farmer Thomas, it’s a hard life, and the hours very unsociable as you well know. Not many women are cut out for a life like that.’

“I know mam but you married dad didn’t you?

 Yes,’ but I was brought up in the country and I had been used to working with animals because we had horses.

“By the time these girls leave “Wildacre farm they will know quite a lot about farming.”

“How long are they planning to be here?

“Up to a year they said.”

“Seems like you had a good talk with these girls, what else did you find out?

“Well both of them are from Northumberland and their fathers are both miners.

 That’s an honest living anyway voiced his mother as she cut around a meat and potato pie ready for tonight’s dinner.

“Where’s dad?

He’s out planting on the South fields; he should be in around six o’clock he said.”

“What’s he planting well he’s out with the land girls who are planting onions and cabbage plants.”

“Shouldn’t be that long then;

“Have you fed the pigs today?’

“Yes man all the chickens and the cows have been fed too.’

Good lad you know how meticulous your father is; everything has to be done right.”

“I know mother said Thomas getting himself vexed.’


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