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A Timeless Game
During the reign of Charles II of England, croquet was known as paille-maille or pall mall, derived from Latin words for "ball and mallet". Then as now it involves striking a round box ball with a mallet through a high arch of iron.
Croquet has been around since the days of Monet. Image courtesy of Wikipedia
As I drive past the Stephens Croquet Club on a regular basis, I often think that it would be an interesting activity for our Regency Dance group to try. I've seen re-enactors playing at Abbey Museum's Picnic at Pemberley, but never had a go.
Recently at Southside Uncovered the Stephens Club had set up a game where if you had a go, you received a Cherry Ripe. How could I resist? It was easier than I thought, although I was assured by the delightful members that there is more to it that being a good shot. There are tactics to learn. I was intrigued.
Now they are offering free lessons with a choice of 3 days. You will learn the basic skills and play a game of Golf Croquet. Wear flat, closed-in shoes and a hat. All playing gear is provided and as a bonus you may partake of a delicious afternoon tea.