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About Lancer

The Weather Horse, Lancer; it is what it is. Lancer, is 17 years old, 15-3 hands and 1/4 Percheron and 3/4 Quarter Horse. His friends include Rev and Little John the dogs, Sterling the cat, Zito the horse amongst many other humans. He lives outside (in at night) and has become quite good at reporting the weather in Ashburnham, MA, Elevation 1200ft. He likes carrots and peppermints along with grain, grass and hay.

There’s Been a Change in the Weather

My favorite lawnmowers!

My favorite lawnmowers!

Hello Weather Horse fans!  Lancer is doing well, has a nice new friend and is enjoying the summery, shortening days. If you are interested in Lancer and might like to see what is going on at his place, Crowover Farm, please sign up on the webpage to receive email updates about what’s doing there or Like us on FaceBook. Lancer appears from time to time on the Crowover News posts as animals come and go, things grow and happen there.

We sell Pastured Chicken Eggs, Guinea Hogs, Seasonal Vegetables, Perennials, Herbs & Flowers.


Currently Residing at Crowover Farm:

Along with Lancer is Blackness or Beau as we call him is a 13 hand Hackney Pony who arrived late spring to keep Lancer happy and in trouble.  Guinea Hogs Bernadette and Brady along with Socks one of seven piglets born last March. Bernadette is in a “Piggy Way” again and expecting any day now. About 25 assorted Chickens are laying delicious eggs and with our friendly Roo make 26. Two more rogue hens went Broody, hid outside for three weeks and have newly hatched 14 Chicklets – 7 each for a grand total of 42. Calves still come and go and the usual suspects Little John, Rev (dogs), Sterling and Roger (cats) patrol the place when they are not sleeping soundly in the sun.

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Wicked Cold, -11


A rare occasion, Lancer wearing a blanket; he really does not like to and creates much resistance. Enjoying extra hay with his new charge, a little guy to boss around; Reddington who comes with his own warm coat.

Leave of Absence…


A special message to all Weather Horse fans far and wide: I apologize for leaving off on the postings from Lancer, Isaboo, Rev and all the birds, plants and changing weather here on the hill. Time and efforts that were once offered here have been directed towards an issue affecting everyone in one way or another. Our lovely rural town, and others across our state, full of flora, fauna and some wonderful properties are being threatened by the proposed gas pipeline project. Our backyard is not directly in the path of this project but it is within a mile of us. Our close neighbor has already lost over 10% (over $50,000) of their property value in the face of the potential project.

My personal issue with this project is the taking of personal property either through:
∙ Destruction of property and environments caused by the installation and maintenance processes
∙ Devaluation of people’s property values all along the proposed route
∙ Government sanctioned private corporation granted the use eminent domain

I fundamentally disagree with any private corporation being granted rights and the power of eminent domain by the government over and above the rights of United States citizens, individual property owners and other protected land areas. Other concerns are for the environment, water quality, destruction of animal habitats, etc. The impacts of this project are many and reach far beyond our own backyard; please become informed about the implications of this project and contact your government representatives.

I hereby am taking a stand against this project and am dedicating time I would otherwise spend providing the Weather Horse posts. We hope to be back with the Weather Horse in our peaceful, safe and positive environment once the battle and threat is over. It is Everyone’s Backyard; protect our Common Wealth. Thank you for your Weather Horse interest and support, Cynda Warren Joyce, CWJ Designs

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First Cut Hay

misty morn

Thick mosquito filled moisture laden air under thick cloud cover, seeds planted, cared for and growing, first cut hay residing – piled like green gold by treasured friends, tomatoes blossoming, squashes gently waking with warmth from the heightened sunshine.

Horse energy drawn away in other battles lately, challenging darkness to reveal enemies amidst us, throwing monsters off of the train, crossing chasms and returning to the station where the barking of dogs helps to instigate peace.

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Heavy Dew, Frozen to Frost

side lit

Heavy dew frozen to frost in some places, misting thickly, quickly, like wet smoke rising over the field as bright sunshine floods, spilling over leafy treetops from skies of clear blue, lilacs scent floating, blackflies absent in the cool of morning, slow warming garden resisting sprouts while seeds await their time.

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Sneaking Sunlight


Mowing the front yard, sunlight low and sneaking around the corner, time sneaking by with abundant busyness, garden fenced,  extra bonus plants in dixie cups available free on the corner: dill, morning glories, baby gladiola bulbs, please bring some home and enjoy! We have been caught up in other activities – let us know if you have missed us? Happy Spring!

Sultry, Blue Sky Start

dining in
Summery, even sultry, blue sky start, black flies thick in still humid air, heat rocketing with higher rising sun, approach to summer solstice with marvelously long days stretching, decorated with spring’s blooming trees in flower, tiny leaves of yellowy green bursting forth, not quite enough grass to eat outside yet and did we mention black flies?

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