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Sunday morning rituals


Carol Martindale

Sunday morning rituals

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Be it day or night, almost any time of the week, Oistins is known for good fish.
Then on Sunday mornings, you can throw some fray cakes into the mix.
And for some, the place to go is Lexie’s, tucked away in Oistins’ Berinda Cox Fish Market in Christ Church.
It’s around 9:30 a.m. Sunday and Lexie’s is full of people.
Some are sitting comfortably at tables watching sports on the television mounted in the shop while others line the bar, placing their orders for fray cakes.
This is a regular Sunday ritual for many, including Fabian Weekes.
“I come here most Sundays. It is relaxing for me,” said Fabian, who was sitting with a friend awaiting his full morning meal of fried fish, rice and salad which he had already ordered.
Fabian said it is never too early for a good meal from Lexie’s.
His meal is set on the table and he’s ready to dig in.
“You get food here early, from as early as 7 a.m. In fact, sometimes if you come too late, the food might be gone,” he said, chuckling as he enjoyed his meal.
Another patron described early mornings at Oistins as “hassle-free and easy”.
There is a constant stream of customers coming in and orders for fray cakes don’t ease up.
Just outside Lexie’s there is a lot of activity going on for a Sunday morning.
At one end, there are at least three tables of groups playing dominoes and enjoying conversation with others looking on. On the other end, a friendly game of road tennis is being played.
Just outside on the beach many are gathered waiting for their pot fish, adamant that they are not going home empty-handed. After all, this is a big part of the attraction and appeal at Oistins beach early Sunday.
Tourists are also exploring the sights and scenes of the area, which is usually bubbling on Friday night.
Some visitors from Britain are on the jetty. They were in for a wedding and decided to take in a bit of Oistins.
Some, who were first-timers to the island, said they were excited about feeding the turtles from the jetty.
Small fishing boats are anchored after hauling in a good catch, children are frolicking on the beach, and others are just relaxing taking in the breeze.
For some, Oistins is a busy working day.
Dynee Williams is a vendor who sets up her trays there every Sunday with fresh vegetables.
Dynee has been doing this for the last two years since she was laid off from a furniture company.
She plies her trade in Cheapside market during the week and then sets up shop at Oistins on Sundays.
She is there from 6 a.m. until 4 p.m.
“I like up here. I come every Sunday and I see a lot of people who come up to buy their vegetables,” she said, as she worked her small area near the entrance of the market alongside other fruit and vegetable vendors.
Dynee’s tray has pumpkin, sweet peppers and plump red tomatoes, among other vegetables.
She flashes a smile and says proudly: “I buy 100 per cent Bajan to make sure I help others.”.

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