"We were playing on our own court that evening, and the game was therefore subject to Luberon rules (Boules)"

 The French game of Boules, pronounced Bul, is the collective name given to two popular forms of games played with metal balls; petanque and boule lyonnaise. Similar to the game of 'lawn bowls', the aim is to be the one to get their metal balls closest to the smaller 'jack'. This game is most often played out in an open area.

Mayle's personal experience of playing boules in Luberon outlined a few extra 'local' rules, including;

 

1. Anyone playing without a drink is disqualified

2. Incentive cheating is permitted

3. Disputes concerning the distance from the cochonnet (jack) are mandatory. Nobody's word is final