Local Talent & Local Events

October 3, 2012

It’s been way too long since I’ve posted anything. I must confess, I haven’t been quite myself this Summer as I was attacked by a bulldog in July and it threw me for quite a loop! I was squatting down to look at some paint cans at a client’s camp and their bulldog charged at me from across the porch and both hit and bit me in the face in one hard punch! By the time I got to the hospital, my blood pressure was 200/116. I’ve never had high blood pressure before in my life and the trauma was so shocking, I’m still battling it. Thankfully, my face is healing fairly well and that part of it could have been much worse. I’m still trying to figure out “the lesson” in all of this, but for the life of me, I have no earthly idea! Any thoughts or ideas are most welcome.

On a more pleasant note, my dear friend Beverly Walker, who’s well-known around the St. Francisville-Baton Rouge-New Orleans area for her brilliant and beautiful parties and flowers, has outdone herself once again, by creating one of the most beautiful weddings I have ever seen! I couldn’t resist sharing some of the photos.

The wedding was at the bride’s family home which was designed to look like Live Oak Plantation. 


I love the tablecloths Beverly used which are made from bleached burlap.


Beverly even used some of the same bleached burlap to make the grooms’ boutonnieres.


The Bride’s Bouquet

As you can see, Beverly is our local “Martha Stewart” and is available both locally and she also will travel to create magical parties just about anywhere. She can be reached via her email: rosebank1989@aol.com. (Rosebank is the name of the plantation where she and her family have lived in St. Francisville since 1989 when I first met her.)

On another note, Randy Harelson and New Orleans’ photographer Richard Sexton just came out with a gorgeous and most interesting book, New Roads and Old Rivers, on Pointe Coupee Parish which has already received glowing reviews by Southern Living Magazine. The town of New Roads in Pointe Coupee Parish is just across the beautiful new bridge from St. Francisville and I love making the short trip (now only 15 minutes!) because it has such a totally different landscape and architecture from our English-inspired parish.


Pointe Coupee is one of the oldest settlements in the Mississippi Valley, dating to the 1720s. French for “a place cut off,” the name refers to the area’s three oxbow lakes, separated from the Mississippi over centuries. A peninsula edged by the Mississippi and Atchafalaya rivers, Pointe Coupee remains a land rich in Creole heritage, distinct in geographical beauty, and abounding in historic homes and farms. 

If you are thinking about planning a visit to our area, now is the perfect time as fall weather has finally arrived! Winter is also an excellent time if you live in the cold northern climates as temps can easily get up into the seventies during our mild winters. And if you are looking for a unique and private place to stay, Shadetree Inn in St. Francisville has never looked better after sprucing things up for Willem Dafoe, who stayed in our Gardener’s Cottage while filming his new film with Matt Dillon and Tom Berrenger, “Whiskey Bay”. He liked it so much, he brought back his wife for a visit!


Shadetree Inn‘s Gardener’s Cottage features 13 stained glass windows and sweeping vistas overlooking the 4 acre hilltop in St. Francisville’s historic district. (Above photo is of the living room in the Gardener’s Cottage.)


  1. That’s really scary! So glad you’re okay. Maybe the lesson is that from now on you can ask if they have dogs and if they are tied up? My son works for UPS and has had several close calls.

  2. Ellen, so sorry to hear of your violent dog encounter. It’s sometimes hard to understand when things like that happen to peaceful people. Maybe there’s a reason, maybe not. It may help if you look at it in symbolic terms. Did you know of anyone who was angry with you or your business? Who was “attacking” you or gossiping about you? Did you feel pressured by a competitor? Upset with the economy affecting your business? Or maybe you were feeling angry feelings towards another? An animal would represent emotions ungoverned by logic or civility. We in society cover up how we really feel so we can get along, but the primal emotions are still under the surface. You might try tapping to help you process the fear and trauma. It would help your peace of mind and blood pressure. If you don’t know what I’m talking about get on you tube and search for it, there are lots of videos. It’s been very helpful with PTSD for soldiers when not much else helps. I used it to get rid of extreme claustrophobia that I’ve had all my life. It’s easy, it’s free and you can do it yourself. Good luck, and I wish you peace and healing.

    • Business has been great and I don’t know of any negative feelings. Thanks for the input and I have used tapping before, but didn’t think about it for this. Thanks so much! Interestingly, the contractor while working on the job was just bitten on the hand by his neighbor’s dog!

  3. That picture of Shadetree Inn’s Gardener’s Cottage reminds me of our lovely stay there at Christmas time several years ago. It’s been way too long. Paul and I need to come back!

    • Forgot to reply that the dog bite has healed fairly well. Thanks!

  4. That sound like some bad dog karma, but it certainly isn’t a reflection on YOU! sometimes. Have you healed from that experience?
    Im wondering if you know the wall colour of the last pic from the Shadetree Inn. With that cranberry sofa and chair it really reminds me of my LR…and that choice was just happenstance. It’s nice to see it confirmed here. CTD

    • It was painted before I started my paint line with Ben Moore Chestertown Buff #HC-9.

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