Memorable hot tub moments
Who? Sanna Wikström and Valtteri Heiskanen, the driving forces behind the wellbeing brand "Hidasta elämää", their 14- and 9-year-old children and the former shelter dog Maggie.
Where? In Lusi, a district of Heinola, by the lake Ala-Rääveli
What kind of place? A holiday home (about 100 m² + sauna building) completed in 2020, built on the site of old smaller buildings.
Which hot tub? Kirami Breezy M (+ LED lighting)
Social media: Sanna's Instagram account is all about wellbeing: @sunnypresentcom
|While we heat up the hot tub, we enjoy the view over the lake. The sunrays and the light rain play with each other. A rainbow! Swans fly overhead with a roar. Suddenly the whole landscape and the moment seem magical. Just like tens of thousands of years ago, when there is evidence that people walked on this very stretch of land in Lusi, where there was once an ancient sea. Among other things, the oldest wooden object in Europe, a sled runner, was found nearby. We are looking at the same landscape as generations of people did long, long ago. And which many, many generations after us will look at.|
The beloved summer cottage
We have designed our summer house site to suit our needs. When we first visited the premises, there were 40-50 year old small log cabins. We analysed how the sunlight moved and how our family could live in the midst of nature, coexisting as seamlessly as possible with the life around us, in the midst of which we were privileged to come. Finally, we replaced the old buildings with new energy-efficient log cabins that blend into the landscape. We planted lawn and flowers in our garden, but we don't try to prevent the surrounding nature - dandelions, coltsfoot and willowherb - from existing. There is room for all. There has to be room for all.
When we were in the final stages of planning the garden landscaping of our summer cottage, the whole family wanted to have a hot tub. Although there is a beautiful lake with excellent water quality, we had already learned that the warm summer days are the only relaxing time of the year for swimming. In the hot tub we could enjoy the natural circle of life, the closeness to nature and the atmosphere created by the ancient sea all year round
Placing the hot tub on the shore next to the sauna
We decided to place the hot tub near the shore, next to our sauna building, so that we could also use the lake water for the hot tub. Sitting in the hot tub, you can watch the surface of the water of the hot tub merge almost seamlessly with the surface of the lake and the landscape, reminding us that we are only here for a moment - like so many before us - to experience life and all its wonders. Sometimes with the joyful screams of children, sometimes with melancholy, sometimes in silence.
The hot tub is a great place to slow down and appreciate life with all our senses: This is life here and now!
3 tips from our family to enjoy bathing in the hot tub with all your senses:
|1. "Rainy days are the best", say the children|
|The children want the hot tub to be heated up especially on rainy days, because there is a special atmosphere in it when it rains. "Try holding your ears under the water, then the raindrops make a funny noise!" they say.|
|2. Looking up at the starry sky|
|We look forward to stargazing in autumn and winter. So far, we have admired the magical starry sky for a brief moment while ice bathing or dressed in a bathrobe on the terrace of the sauna. In the hot tub you can also take a break in cooler weather to admire the stars and discover constellations.|
|3. Also consider the scents|
|When we were thinking about the place for the hot tub, we decided to have a rose bed next to it so that we can enjoy the scents while taking a bath in the hot tub. Maybe one day we will also enjoy a rose petal bath....|
Have a nice beginning of autumn from the shore of Lake Ala-Rääveli in Heinola-Lusi!
Sanna and Valtteri Heiskanen, the children and the former shelter dog Maggie