Croquet has been traced back to the 1300s. It is thought that it may have been an indoor version of lawn bowling, to be played in times of inclement weather. It was then played in more confined spaces. The players enjoyed it enough to bring it back outside for the summer. Originating in France, the game was called "paille-maille" which means ball-mallet.
This is what the field looked like before the teams began playing. Ideally, the playing field measures 100x50 feet, with two teams of four or more per field. Dick and I won our two rounds, then moved on to the shoot out between the other winners. We lost, but it was fun!
Dick is getting his shot all lined up. It takes a few times to get the feel of the mallet, the feel of how hard to hit the ball, and the eye coordination to get the ball to go just where you want it to go. It doesn’t always work out as planned, but it was definitely fun trying. We had a lot of good laughs. Fortunately, no one took themselves too seriously.
And the food (BBQ) was excellent, as were the wine and beer. And the weather…simply divine.
Observations on Growing Older:
TODAY IS THE OLDEST YOU'VE EVER BEEN, YET THE YOUNGEST YOU'LL EVER BE, SO ENJOY THIS DAY WHILE IT LASTS.
Who is gonna win the Daytona 500? Do you care???
That’s it from paradise, y’all!