Friday, January 22, 2016

People we really miss...

Joseph Kilpatrick
Augustin Quilici
Tammy Hendrix
John Hayes
Rest in Peace.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Playing with the kids

While we were in Texas over the holiday season, one of our granddaughters, Maeve, was doing a third-grade poster and class presentation on a country of her choice and she picked France. She and her mom came up with the idea of asking Maeve's teacher if it would be okay for her grandparent's to have a short training session for the kids of one of France's popular pasttimes-- petanque!

So, on Thursday, December 17, 2015, Shirley and I loaded up our truck with our paraphernalia and joined Maeve and her classmates at West Cypress Hills Elementary School in Spicewood, Texas.

It was a lot of fun letting the kids throw a few boules and we enjoyed it just as much as they did, I'm sure!

While we were away...


Mary Ellen and Matt-- new plauers from the Meet-up group

At the same time Shirley and I were playing in Austin, Texas, there was play by other Carolina Petanque members back in North Carolina. Here are a few pictures Rebekah sent of 1/10/2016 play at Miller Park in Winston-Salem. Since the pictures show play on the bocce courts instead of the petanque terrain, I'm guessing that snow/rain events in the Carolinas must have left the petanque area in unplayable conditions. We're still hoping for some improvements to our area by the Parks and Rec people come springtime.

Last Texas play this trip

January 10/2016, a Sunday, was our last chance to play petanque with our Texas friends this trip. We always enjoy the Texas gang and look forward to seeing them again in the spring.

At Zaytouna Lounge in Austin, Texas

On Saturday January 9, 2016, we traveled to Amine Najah's Zaytouna Loung for a panache tournament. Here is Heart of Texas president Arsene Dupin's write-up of the event:

The Heart of Texas Petanque Club had a gathering of fun! It was our annual get together at the Zaytouna Lounge. We had a Panache Tournament, a Tir de Precision Competition and a silent Auction. It was open to everyone and we had guests from The Nelson Park Club, Carolina Petanque, Legation Boule Club and independent players. It was real cold for Austin Texas but that didn’t stop us from having great fun. Thank you to all of you for supporting the game of petanque.
Results, Panache Tournament,
First place: Amine Najah, Arsene Dupin
Second place: Hassu Patel, Rudy Vallee
Tir de Precition:
First place: Arsene Dupin
Second place: Walt Elder
Merci a tous.

Sunday at the Legation



We traveled into downtown Austin on Sunday January 3, 2016, to play with the Heart of Texas club. Our son-in-law, daughter, and three grandchildren joined us later in the afternoon, so it was a real family affair!