Frenchie Bocce Anyone?

Posted by Francesca

Bocce, in one form or another, is one of the world’s most popular ball games.  Its popularity is nothing new:  Roman soldiers played it, probably with round stones, while they waited to fight the Punic Wars.  In 1388, England’s Richard II actually outlawed bocce because he worried that his subjects were spending too little time defending their country and too much time playing the game.  He had a point, because bocce is quite a lot of fun and rather addictive.  I like to challenge Sharkey to a game now and then.  Of course, we modify the rules a bit.

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As usual, I'm sitting here waiting for Sharkey to show.

1 As usual, I'm sitting here waiting for Sharkey to show.

I want to practice playing bocce.  This court measures sixty feet long.  This will be a good challenge.

2 I want to practice playing bocce. This court measures sixty feet long. This will be a good challenge.

Here I am, Franny.  Why do you have a sack of spuds?

3 Here I am, Franny. Why do you have a sack of spuds?

The bag has bocce balls?  Great!  Let's play.

4 The bag has bocce balls? Great! Let's play.

Too bad we don't have a pallino, or target ball.  You're supposed to toss that first and then aim for it with these larger balls.

5 Too bad we don't have a pallino, or target ball. You're supposed to toss that first and then aim for it with these larger balls.

You know, Sharkey, technically each team is supposed to have four balls.  However, today, we have a total of four balls.  Let's just call it Frenchie bocce.

6 You know, Sharkey, technically each team is supposed to have four balls. However, today, we have a total of four balls. Let's just call it Frenchie bocce.

On your mark - get set - roll!!!

7 On your mark - get set - roll!!!

OK - Now it's my turn.

8 OK - Now it's my turn.

Not bad.  Not bad.

9 Not bad. Not bad.

Franny, you goofed on that one - ha-ha!

10 Franny, you goofed on that one - ha-ha!

And you think you're so good?

11 And you think you're so good?

Ha-ha to you!  That one didn't go so far, either.

12 Ha-ha to you! That one didn't go so far, either.

I'll just go and see for myself.

13 I'll just go and see for myself.

And while I'm at it, I'll give my ball a little shove.  Franny's too busy lounging on the spectator bench to notice anyway.

14 And while I'm at it, I'll give my ball a little shove. Franny's too busy lounging on the spectator bench to notice anyway.

Franny!  I declare myself the winner of today's games!

15 Franny! I declare myself the winner of today's games!

Sharkey, do you think that I actually took my eyes off the game?

16 Sharkey, do you think that I actually took my eyes off the game?

I know your tricks and you know that I am the winner!  I challenge you to another round.

17 I know your tricks and you know that I am the winner! I challenge you to another round.

Comments (10)

  • Hey girls that Bocce game looks fun. Sharkey remember cheaters never win!! Martha sure does think of everything even her own Bocce court - nice.

    Well I almost had me a duck this morning have to say it scared the s*%# out of me. I just finished my breakfast and was walking past the pool into the back yard to take a s*%# when a duck flew right over my head and landed in the pool. Our pool looks like a pond so I think he was a bit confused and just missed the lake. I went into attack mode and thought how was I going to get my mouth around that green neck but it never got to that point T-Bone came charging out and he flew right out of the water. Oh well maybe another day I'll bring home a duck for mom to cook.

    I'm going to hang out by the pool today maybe he'll come back ;)

    Zoe

  • Hello Ladies,
    Now don't you girls have everything---a bocce ball court. I think since we Frenchies are about a tenth the size of the usual players that we should be allowed to have smaller balls to play with--don't you girls? And no cheating allowed then, and you know who I am talking about!!!! Have a grand day all.
    Love & licks,
    Basil

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  • Hello ladies, Kirby here.
    I’ll bet those balls are heavy. They sure do look like they are. I don’t play many games with balls anymore. Why run after something and bring it back to only chase it again? People are crazy if they think I will play that game. Now rolling a ball and watching it seems like fun. Let someone else pick it up; yeah, that’s the spirit. Keeping those balls in a potato sack looks as if someone is recycling. Now that’s the way to go.
    Catch you later, Kirby.

  • bocce ball oh wow does that bring back memories for my patrone her daddy and uncles used to play that all the time when she was growing up, as a matter of fact her uncle carried his bocce ball on the ship when he immigrated from italy to new york, so guys enjoy the game it's been around a long time. good for Martha for putting a court on her farm. licks, tallulah

  • Too cute! Maybe this other cutie pie Blue can join in on the fun, he loves to run and dive in the grass!
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  • Frenchie Bocce looks like so much fun. Sharkey honey, ixnay on the cheeting-ay, you don't want your baby brother GK picking up bad habits now do you? :wink:

    Franny that looks like the best way to play - roll the ball then lounge. :smile:

  • Hi Girl Friends, Bocce ball is something new to me. I've never played with any kind of ball so it's fun to see how you two play with those balls and maybe I can talk my Mom into letting we try it out. What if G.K. was playing with you?! Who do you think would win then?!! Keep having fun and sharing with us. Love, Dudley Do Right XOXOXO+

  • SWEET! love you two pups playing Bocce Ball....

    hope this get posted, I miss being a part of this.

  • SWEET! love you two pups playing Bocce Ball....

    hope this get posted, I miss being a part of this.

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