Wednesday, August 10, 2016

The 2016 Concours de Pétanque In Our Village In The Auvergne

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On a warm Sunday, when the ducks were splashing in their pool,
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the chickens were looking for a shady spot,
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the calfs were lazing in the pasture,
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the sheep grazing in their pen,
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this goat looking for a greener blade of grass,
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and little girls busy dipping leaves into water,
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people gathered in the church square to take part in our village's  2016 Pétanque tournament
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In all, twenty teams registered.
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The teams were made up of two players each.
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The event, like in years past, was organized by the hunting club.
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Though it was a competition, it was more of a social event,
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complete with music
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and lots of opportunity for catching up.
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And then the teams started to play.
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Here is friend Jacques starting a game against my husband
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and my husband's partner, Denis.
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which is always easier said than done.
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Here are the proud winners of this year's competition.  "We are # 1," they told me.  "Take our picture."
So I did.

Mr. Pardon Me and his partner Denis got 7th place, which was pretty respectable, I say.



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