The Petanque group met on Monday for the last time before the two month summer break. This is a necessary break as it is too hot to play in July and August, there are too many tourists in the way and parking is a nightmare.

A good turnout despite losing one or two to “Wimbledon Watching” – such a shame the Williams clones went out don’t you think? – and a very pleasant couple of hours was had by all.

The group has gone from strength to strength and new members are always welcome. Suitable boules can be found in many of the Chinese shops (see advice below) and cost typically 6 or 7 euros for a set of three.

If you would like to know more please contact me or turn up at a meeting. We play every Monday afternoon from September to June inclusive, so the next time will be Monday 5th September.

The pictures show the play yesterday with El Presidente casting the last boule before retiring to the local refreshment centre.

Roland Gillett, Group Leader

Advice on buying Boule – Never buy the plastic beach variety!  Boule must be bought in sets of three with the same marking, or sets of six, as long as there are two sets of three matching. The markings are to ensure that you know which are yours as they can all look very similar when there are 12 lying on the ground and someone is trying to sort the score out! The Chinese shops usually sell them in sets of three in a case, but do check that all three have the same markings.

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