Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England

Where did you get that cone?


In a nod back to my recent post about the thriftiness (and sheds) of our fathers, I thought I’d share this ingenious use of a road cone.  My father would have approved of its reincarnation as a downspout from a barn roof.

Rain cone 2_

When you need a road cone,  for use in the road, they are as rare as hens teeth. I’ve sat in on countless discussions of where we might source some cones for use at community events, the County Council nor the police will let theirs out of their sight (hummm, maybe that’s because they end up as downspouts?) That’s if they have any budget to buy them with in the first place.

It takes divine intervention to find cones for loan. 

Sunday Special Jesus Road cone_

Maybe there needs to be a redistribution of  cone wealth?

Coned off



Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

5 thoughts on “Where did you get that cone?

  1. Ingenious use of cones in this post. How long had you been saving them all up for? I like the half-hearted attempt to disguise the downspout cone by removing its reflective strip. Just in case a passing police officer wanted it back. And then the parking space picture. What could possibly fit in there? A trailer tent? A mobility scooter? Love it. Very funny.

    • The three photos span, two years I guess, you see half written post swill around in my head all the time. I say written, but its actually the visual images that are the preformed posts. My biggest problem is finding the image when I want it. The barn cone, I knew was taken on a very productive ‘walk and talk’ meeting with Mrs McN the only clue I could remember of the date was that the photos in that batch included wild garlic, buffalo, and the job I was working on at the time! I tracked back to May 2017!

  2. The best place to find them seems to be thrown down river banks from my experience.

  3. Best alternative use for one I’ve seen. Many years ago I was in Cornwall where the A30 was coned for several miles, one night there were severe winds which blow them all across the countyside and the next day there was an appeal on local radio by the council for any found. xx

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