The Golden Girls had gone back
home after being gone from there for what seemed like an eternity to them. It was
a time that I will treasure for the opportunity it was for me to spend
that much time with them. Not something I had expected to do but glad
that I could. While they were arriving back in Fall Branch, Bruce
and I took a breath of being free of responsibilities after over two months and since we did not have to
rush right home, went to the waterfront to see what all the rest of the town was all abuzz about.
International Petanque Championship, the largest Pentanque tournament in the USA, was being played here in our
little town just at closing time for the gallery. A game that is similar to several games of various
countries, Boules, Bonche Ball, and some others. But Pentanque is
the game our island has adopted as its own. This was the two
teams which were slated to compete in the championship game as a
friendly rivalry an fun sportsmanship was the atmosphere.
courts are located in the riverfront parking lot just down the street
from my gallery, a spot all of you are familiar with as it is my
favorite spot to grab a good sunset as I close out the day.
game is played on a gravel surface which at other times doubles as
parking, except for the courts that stay in place for the local club to
use each week. The equipment is very simply so anyone can afford
to play. A Boule and a Pig. The Boule is a stainless steel
ball. The Pig is a small brightly colored ball of wood.
round ring serves as the spot the player must stand to toss his Boule.
Once this spot is determined and the Pig tossed to its spot it
can't be moved. Each player must make his tosses from this spot.
Players have their own "form" for tossing the ball, partly is
determined on what your objective is going to be. Are you trying
to place your bowle in the best spot which is closest to the Pig or are
you trying to knock the begeebies out of your opponent's Boule so that
he no longer has a "winning position". These international
competitors are very good at that. In one demo one of these
players hit the Boule 50 times straight.
The town is very proud of it Petanque Club which is now the largest local club in the USA.
The object of course is to get your ball (Boule) closest to the Pig at the end of the game. Points are scored accordingly
"form" of an excellent player, who just happens to be the guy who
is "the" dead eye who can hit 50 Boules in a row without missing.
is an exacting game and full of stradgy and fun. The players
determine just how close they are to decide what route to take to bring
home the trophy.
is a game which does reward skill but lack of does not disqualify those
who play, even if they do not possess the ability to hit a ball from
absurd distance 50 times in a row. Old people can play as it does
not require any great physical condition. Kids can play with
adults. it is a game of fun and fellowship and being part of
something much bigger than the local weekend game. You are a Petanque
player and enthusiast. A very unique sport. Thanks to all
who came from such faraway places to give us a touch of being part of
an international group. You can find this whole tournament if you
click on the following links. The first one is the first half of
the championship game http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eUJszW3nD9g
and the second half is this link
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gE_BpefZ2hQ . Happy
watching, you will learn a lot about the game. I won't even tell
you who wins.
I looked up I saw the rays as they separated through the gaps in the
clouds telling me that there might be something special happening behind me
I turn around and decide to spend part of my time monitoring the sunset
whose colors are beginning to show some promise for a pretty sunset.
colors behind the game are proving to be as much an attraction as
the Pentanque Championship. with many different accents chatting about
the wonderful color and aiming their camera phones with it in their
is often the case the sunset itself if one show and the 5 or 10 minutes
afterward give a whole different show even though they share the same
A much more pastel world but none the less beautiful.
It keeps changing for at least 30 minutes.
has been a good time for finding fossils on the beach and I even found
some nice sharks teeth to boot. The funny looking piece beside
the dime and the sharks tooth is the mouth plate of a puffer fish.
Lisa was very envious of that but then I was envious of the
fossilized crab claw she found.
has a way of moving at a very fast pace especially when you have too
much to do. Suddenly it was Thanksgiving and the opening of The
Christmas Season. As is usual the Ritz has a Tree Lighting the
night before Thanksgiving. It is a well attended event with the
whole community invited.
no longer arrived via the White horse drawn carriage but in a little
red pickup truck. Not sure the reason. I still remember the
day when Santa parachuted onto the beach from a plane. Then in
the next few seconds he appeared on the top floor of the Hotel, then a
few seconds later the spotlight showed Santa walking across the lawn to
the stage. It was all quite magical, but there was always the
risk factor of loosing Santa with a night time parachute opening (or not opening) onto the beach
with either a landing in the water or worst still to have a splatted
Santa on the beach with all the towns children watching.
Santa flips a switch and it is the signal that the time for the Holiday Season has begun.
change was that the days with the time change, became a time for
catching the sunsets, which happened about the same time my gallery was slated to
end its day. Not that I ever get ready to leave right at 5 o'clock.
This one I almost ran to the waterfront but missed the full blaze
of the lower clouds that was there in the beginning.
the sun sank behind the horizon the show was the brightness of the
higher layer of clouds and if the lower clouds had not been there it
would have been quite spectacular. It is this lower light which
can wash the water with its color.
would be a
different Christmas and Thanksgiving with me being way behind
and the rigors of running a business and keeping up with the
season demands, left me with a lot of catching up to do. There is so
much that only I can do, like the glass light catcher/ornaments I make,
no one else can do those, not even the firing, because it is something
only I can determine by look and a total judgment call as to
when it is time to stop the
heating. And my Mother-in-Law is coming for Christmas.
Whew, this is the same lady who when Bruce took me to introduce
me to her for the first time, told me that she had an alarm that goes
off should a single icicle should fall off the tree and hit the
Yep, lots to do.