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!
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.
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. --Arsene
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!