29 August 2008

The Village Fête - the Boules Competition


The Fête Patronale de Saint Barthélemy is a two-day event and on the first day - Saturday - the village holds its Boules Competition.

Boules or Pétanque? You can read more on this by clicking on this link.

Boules fascinates me. For instance - how many ways are there to hold the boules? Here you see two ways to hold three. More tomorrow...

16 comments:

  1. superbe cadrage
    toute l'ambiance d'une partie de pétanque dans ces mains bravo

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  2. I'm coming from Monte Carlo, the atmosphere is quite different...
    Great shot!

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  3. I was introduced to boule by the family of a young French student who stayed in our home for part of one summer. It's not as easy as it looks!! When we played I was struck by the concentration on the faces of the players. Players take this game very seriously. Great photo, Jilly!

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  4. en Dordogne, on joue à la lyonnaise. j'adore ça.
    Je pense que la Lyonnaise, cela doit être l'équivalent du jeux de boule

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  5. Love your perspective on this one. Just showing the hands and the balls is just great.

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  6. I love the way you have taken this photo.

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  7. We enjoy playing boules at the beach, but are nowhere near as skilled as the people you see playing throughout France and Italy! I always wish I could join in!

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  8. Those balls look heavy. Are they heavy metal?

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  9. Looks like a fun game.

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  10. The idea that you can play games like Boules or Bocce almost anywhere without requiring expensive equipment or reservations etc. feels really down to earth.
    I think the close ups of the balls in his hands told me as much about the game as the wider shots. Nice work Jilly.

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  11. It's nice to know that playing boules hasn't become a virtual pursuit, that they're still actually played outdoors. I suppose they would be the equivalant of a game of horse shoes here in the US.
    Also, is it just me or is there a visual double entendre here? %-)

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  12. I'm totally useless at this but love playing..there's nothing quite so pleasant as a cool glass of rose and a game of petanque before dinner.
    Interesting point to focus on..
    Yes definitely to Clapton when he comes again!

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  13. Never heard of boules...but your pictures are intriguing.

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  14. This looks like the stance of a serious player, calculating his moves. I observed 'Bocce' being played here. It is related but played in a court. Very nice photo Jilly.

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  15. The"Lyonnaise"is a more keeped away
    player from the"cochonnet".
    Balls are heaving metal.
    Usually,but not always,smooth balls
    are for the"pointeur" and streaked balls are for the"tireur".
    A playeur can have a centimetre ruban to check two balls near the cochonnet when difficult appreciation.Yeah and a piece of close too as a towel!
    We enjoy playing balls in summer.
    But Balls Games can be Challenge
    Games too. I believe It's the
    Federation which has the most many
    Sport"licenciés"in France.

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  16. Great photos! Looks like a great way to spend an afternoon.

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