Our space in front of the cricket pitch was beautifully prepared – nice and hard. Everything was lovely. So, having set up our stall, we settled down to wait for the first players to arrive to ‘have a go’. And the clouds vanished, the humidity shot up and it was as hot as can be. Oh dear.
Well, nothing daunted, we made the most of it. And throughout the afternoon until about 6.00 we had a constant stream of people coming to play. We had teams playing doubles and triples and in all had 12 people play with the ‘proper’ boules, and 6 kiddies played with the soft boules. All together a very successful day. All we need now is for them to come and join us.
We packed up at 6.00 and went to friends for supper, and then on to the Corn Exchange Theatre in Wallingford to watch the Olympic opening ceremony on the ‘big screen’ in the cinema. Highlights for me were James Bond, the Queen and the corgies, and Rowan Atkinson and the orchestra, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle no less, playing Chariots of Fire …
They want to do this 'have a go day' again next year. We will have more pistes, so more people can play at the same time.