Just as our SoloAmigos group has expanded, so has the number of events and sub-groups we now have for members to enjoy.
The new Petanca group, a gentle game which is the Spanish form of the French boules or pétanque, is the latest example. These photos show Jean teaching Sheran and Gill the game last Tuesday afternoon .
Pétanque has spread from France across the world over the past 100 years or so, but in fact boules games date back to ancient times: “Boules games have a very long history, dating back through the Middle Ages to ancient Rome, and before that to ancient Greece and Egypt.” **
Being fairly advanced in years ourselves, we like anything with ancient origins: food, wine, dancing… especially if it’s sociable and not very strenuous!
The name petanca comes from an old word in the language of Provence, meaning “feet planted on the ground”, which could also describe SoloAmigos members, who of course have their feet planted firmly on the ground in all things.
You may have always wanted to try your hand at petanca, or you may be a competitive individual who enjoys pitting their skills against others at every opportunity. Either way, how about joining the group for fun and gentle exercise while enjoying a sociable hour or two?
Just be careful not to drop the boules on your toe, though…they’re heavy!
See you there!
** “The current form of the game originated in 1907 or 1910 in La Ciotat, in Provence, France. The French name pétanque (borrowed into English, with or without the acute accent) comes from petanca in the Provençal dialect of the Occitan language, deriving from the expression pès tancats [ˈpɛs taŋˈkats], meaning ‘feet fixed’ or ‘feet planted’ (on the ground).”
** – see more information at WikiPedia.