April 9, 2011

Cajun Country Field Trip - Day 2

What a wonderful day!  And the weather could not have been nicer.

7:00 - Up, then got ready for the day....checked emails and other important stuff on the internet.

8:00 - Met up with others at the breakfast bar in the hotel lounge area. 

8:40 - Left for  Shadows on Teche Bayou Plantation tour. Author Lynn Shurr acted as guide and gave us an in depth tour, along with with a couple of Wisconsin who had no idea what they were getting into by joining a group of Romance Writers on tour.

I will do a blog on The Shadows later, either here or on one Hearts Through History's Seduced by History

10:30 - Chere Dastugue Coen, co-author of Magic's in the Bag: Creating Spellbinding Gris Gris Bags & Sachets , lectured us on gris gris (gree-gree) bags.  Chere is also a co-author of Cooking in Cajun Country, which I purchased and will post recipes from on Wednesday's Chow in the future.

Spell for Love: put as many of the following items you wish into a pink colored bag. Also, for better luck, make the bag on Friday. NOTE: you do NOT have to use all the items listed below, use as many or as few as you wish, just use an odd number (3, 5, 7, 9, etc.).

Herbs: acorn, anise, apple, basil, block cohosh, bloodroot, caraway seeds, catnip, cedar, cinnamon, cinquefoil, cloves, dandelion, fig, ginger, genseng, ivy, jasmine, lavender, lemon verbena, linden, lovage, mandrake, marigold, majoram, misteloe, myrtle, nutmeg, olive, orange (can inscribe the person's name on the peel), pine, pimrose, rosemary, roses, rowan, rue, saffron, St. John's Wort, valerian, vervain, willow, yarrow

Stones: Copper, emerald, lodestone, magnetic sand, malachite, pink  corral, pink tourmaline, rose quartz, selenite

Candle: Pink

You make one for your own use or give away. If you give away, encourage the person to put something of their own in the bag...thus making the magic work for them.

12:30ish -Lunch at Bon Cerole. (Cheri ate her VERY FIRST Shirmp Po' Boy.)

2:00 or so - Teche Bayou Museum. (above)

(Below) At Evangeline's Tree: Harriet, Jane, Anna Kathryn, Cheri and Linda

3:30 - The group split, with some going to the hotel to rest up and Cheri, Jane, Harriet, Linda and I going to St. Martinville.  Visited the Evangeline Tree, museum and statue. (story to follow in a future blog).

4:30 - Back to the hotel to freshen up and rest.

7:00 - Dinner with Cheri and Jane at Ruby Tuesday's.  Everyone else went to Clemetine Dining and Spirits.  Had a nice time, conversation and meal.  It's prom night here, so saw several happy, looking good, young couples enjoying dinner and the excitement of the night.

Evangeline's Tree:

Evangeline's statue at the Catholic Church (one of the oldest church's in Louisiana):


Micheale said...

Hey girl, sounds like a wonderful and relaxing trip! Hope you're inspired by what you learned! Michealesh

Vonnie Davis said...

Can't wait to read your future blogs on your trip. And the recipes, oh girl, I am so there!! Glad you had a great time.