The day after the 'hurricane' passes the 'Mad English' go out in the mid-morning gloom for a game of Boules.
Having witnessed this game played on pavements in sun kissed French Towns and Villages, from Paris to Biaritz I can't imagine you'd find a Frenchman or woman so keen to play the game in these circumstances. It's a popular and very old game or sport. A version of the game of bowls. The first recorded bowling green (1200's) is still there in Southampton and the green next to The Punchbowl in Sefton hosted the Duchess of Southampton for a game in the 1700's.
Boules is described in Wikipedia thus:
Boules-type games are traditional and popular in France, Italy, Malta and Croatia, and are also popular in some former French colonies. In those countries, boules games are often played in open spaces (town squares and parks) in villages and towns. Dedicated playing areas for boules-type games are typically large, level, rectangular courts made of flattened earth, gravel, or crushed stone, enclosed in wooden rails or back boards.
Here in Formby this sterling, enthusiast and happy group of players meet regularly every Wednesday morning at the swimming pool for a continuing contest. Why not join them, if Crown Green Bowls is not for you, why not recover those hazy, happy summer holiday memories of a game of Boules on a French campsite, village square, or beach.