12月 … いしどうろう … The Garden in December

To conclude The Gardening Year,
December is a fine time for all tools
to be washed throughly in soap and hot water.

After drying, a coat of oil will be applied,
and the tools stored until Springtime.

The ishidourou is scrubbed
with a soft brush in hot water and soap:
the liberal addition of bleach killing any
vegetation that may be growing in the stone …

Stored inside until March, the lantern
will be placed in the garden
to join the emerging plants, all being well,
in a few months’ time …

Failing the arrival of comments or conversation
from visitors to this site,
this should be the last article
that will appear here.

Having spent 7 years attempting to ‘converse’
with folk, it is evident that I am unable
to relate to modern-minded human beings.
We have absolutely nothing in common.

I would like to thank the 12 people who have left
an occasional comment over the past six years.

Should there be some conscientious person
who might find this ‘archive’ of work
to be morally-challenging, then,

Welcome to this site:

I sincerely hope that your visit here
will prove both edifying and thought provoking.

A Brief Summary … ?

Feed the birds.
Throw your television set in the town dump.
Read books.
Seek the company of those who are Quiet,
Courteous, Sober-minded, and Peaceable;
have nothing to do with those who are Loud, Vulgar,
and quick to spew their own Opinion to all and sundry.
Discern Objective Right from Wrong.
Avoid whatever is popular with the masses.

I have done all I can with this Site,
but the Internet is no place for me.

To those who use their lives for a higher purpose
than gratifying Vanity, Lust, Hedonism, and Ambition –

All the best to you.

– P Livingstone
3rd December, 2018

Author: Mr Livingstone

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2 thoughts on “12月 … いしどうろう … The Garden in December”

  1. Dear Philip,
    its been a while and I hope this finds you well. I cannot believe what I just read. In 7 years only 12 people commented on your site? The world indeed is a strange place.

    All the best to you.
    Robert

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    1. Hello once again, Robert –
      Forgive the delay in replying, I am only visiting this site once a week,
      so have just now read your message.

      Yes … I had taken ‘screen shots’ of comments over the years,
      and when counting the number of individuals who commented,
      there were 12.

      There are only 2 or 3 people, on average, that arrive here daily
      – and they are usually the “one visitor, one view” variety which means that
      thy arrived here, found nothing entertaining, and immediately left.

      I have simply ‘run out’ of things to try to say to people –
      I do not ‘talk’ about TV, technology toys, make crude “jokes”, or
      blame politicians for the evil, apathy, and wilful stupidity of modern
      people … and so, of course, there is nothing here that is attractive.

      I have noticed, too, that “strange things” have been happening:
      I was always (until this year) the first or second ‘result’ on search engines;
      whereas now, I sometimes appear on the 6th ‘page’ of a search …
      Notices arrive that I have received ‘more views than normal’,
      yet when I check the daily statistics, see that the visitor number was
      “0” or “1”. I have noticed “oddities” like this throughout 2018.

      I think I mentioned that I had intended to let the site expire
      on “Nov 4” … and then noticed on our banking statement that
      fees for 2019 had been taken out by WordPress …

      Sure enough, the WordPress company had quietly changed the “default”
      setting to “Auto Renew” and removed the option button which allowed
      me to (manually) decide whether to stop the site renewing or not.
      (The ‘Fine Print’ at the bottom of last year’s receipt did indeed say that
      it would ‘auto renew’ – I had not noticed it.) So, I am here for 2019.

      But — Yes, a strange world in which I have exhausted my capacity
      to try to “converse” with folk.

      I looked at all the writing I have ever done on this site since 2012, and asked
      myself: “If I was lying, dying at the side of a road; and some young person
      asked if I had any wisdom or advice to pass on to them …

      … which (of all those articles) would best make them a better, more noble
      human being? The articles that are now “up” on this site, are the ones that
      I believe would best serve any conscientious young man or woman who actually wanted
      to climb out of the moral sewer of the 21st century.

      Other than that, I have lost any will to try communicating with modern humanity.
      Excluding yourself, it is a waste of time; and (truly) becomes a frustrating
      waste of genuine care and the desire to stop the vulgarity that just keeps
      increasing in the world.

      There has to be a time when maturity says:
      “You have done your best; people do not want anything to do with you;
      time to walk away.” For me, that time came at the end of 2017 – even
      then, I still tried a few more times earlier this year.

      My only girlfriend (from 1979 to early 1981) contacted me on this site,
      but after a few single-sentence pleasantries, Even She disappeared.
      You know, when the person who once cared for you wants nothing to do with you 35 years later – well (!!!)
      honestly now, the message is abundantly clear:
      “No One wants to know you. Leave.”

      That is what I have done. No regrets; the conscience is clear; I did my best;
      and am genuinely contented to have, at least, tried.

      All I will do now, is ‘check in’ on a Sunday.
      If we end up moving again, I would Not get Internet service installed
      in our new house – have lived almost all of my life without TV:
      the Internet is even more crude and depressing (for me).

      Many thanks, once again, for saying “hello” … It has certainly
      lifted my spirits to hear from you this day. Danke!

      Hope that all is well with you in your part of the world.
      Regards for now,
      Your friend,
      P

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