If you read yesterdays post you will know that I paid a visit to Alexandra Lake on Wanstead Flats recently. Opposite the lake there is a small parade of shops, sadly many of them look as if they are permanently closed together with the hotel above. There is however a fish and chip shop, newsagent and office license that seem to be thriving. The last shop in the row appears to be a monumental mason and a few reminders of the trade are still in the window. To see them lying there covered in dust seemed very sad indeed.