You could cut the eager anticipation with a knife as the boule court is finally ready for play. The Provinçals call it pétanque, the Italians bocce, the British lawn bowling. But to those of us having observed the game played in Parisian parks, we know it as the adult drinking game.
With all the accessories assembled, ice, cold water and boules we head for the court. After a brief discussion and a pastis or two, we decided the smartest and most talented should begin. A hush came over the crowd as Allison pitched le but (cochonnet or jack) . . .
The competition proved experienced and aggressively attacked the court showing excellent form.
It was an auspicious beginning to the season, looking forward to additional competitors stepping up and challenging for the Durham Boule Championship Cup.