Sunday, July 5, 2009

backyard bocce

"bocce" is an italian (?) game where one person throws-out a "paaaaaaahlini" or "little ball," before everyone else gets a chance to toss his/her ball toward the paaaaaahlini, in an effort to be closest. ..you get points for closeness. ..basically, it's a way for italian wives to get husbands out of the house, so the hubbie won't be looking over the wife's shoulder, telling her:
  • how to stack dishes in the strainer
  • how much salt to use, when cooking spaghetti
  • how to cook eggs
  • how to stir sauce
  • how to... (you get the idea)

below: backyard bocce, 1 point for "blue"






left: 1 point for green!











kevin was the eventual champion on this sun-ny-day
note: this bout of backyard bocce was but a training session, in order to prepare the martineaus for coconut bocce, which will be an adult event on the july 11th femino family reunion.

more to follow...

2 comments:

  1. Fun Stuff!!

    Some trivia...
    Yes! "Bocce" (baw'-chi)is an Italian game of lawn bowling. "Boccia" (baw'-chia) is the Italian word for bowling ball.

    "Pallini" (paaaaaahlini?) is a derivative of the word 'pallina' (pa-lee'-na)(f) and 'pallino' (m) meaning 'small ball'.

    Italian Men take this game VERY seriously. In fact, for serious players, it is NOT played on the "lawn" at all, but on a court (usually soft clay or sand)about the same length and twice as wide as a bowling alley.

    And yes, I believe it was invented by Italian wives.

    ;*)

    xoxoxo, me

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  2. GREAT info, Clare!

    BTW, did you catch Jean's comment on "1-3 July"? More good stuff.
    :)
    Love, Len

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