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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Married son, have you asked Serene “No not yet he laughed; but what do you say Serene, will you make me the happiest man alive by becoming my wife?’

Serene had tears in her eyes as she ran to Brian and threw her arms around his neck.

“Is that a yes then Brian asked.’

“Yes she proclaimed.’

“This calls for a celebration Son; break out the Elder Flower wine.’

Just then the door opened and Jackie came in; I heard cheering did I miss something?

“Brian has just asked my sister to marry him.’

“Isn’t it wonderful?

Yes; it is said Jackie but it would be even better if you were to agree to be my wife Adrianna.’ “I love you with all of my heart so what do you say?’

Adrianna stood up then looked at Jackie then smiled. Yes my love, I will marry you.”

 This is marvellous said Thomas you have made an old man very happy. Please ring Janice and Gerry and ask them to come over.’

Jackie rang his mother and told her the news; she was crying tears of joy. “This year will be a year that I will never forget.’ “I love you son and cannot wait to welcome Adrianna to our family. “Guess what; Brian is getting married too.’

“This is fabulous, listen Gerry’s in the car; I will see you in a few minutes son.’


Janice brought a bottle of champagne and they opened it as Thomas sat back looking on his extended family he thought about his father and mother and his wife. He hoped they were all looking down on Wildacre Farm knowing that the legacy in which they were part of will carry on to another generation.

“A toast everyone said Thomas as he stood up from his chair. “To “Wildacre Farm May she go on producing the greatest organic food in Britain.’



On a sunny day in June 1972 Both Jackie and Brian were married on the same day. They were each others best man and Thomas and Gerry gave the brides away.

Outside the church hidden amongst the crowd was George Barrett. He had lost over four stones in weight and was dying of cancer. No body recognised him not even Thomas or Janice’s family.

He left all his money to Jackie and his only son when he died just before the harvest.




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