May 7, 2009

The arrival of the cherry blossoms in Japan is a time for great happiness and joy. People flock to parks and along rivers to walk under the blossoms and delight in petals swirling in the wind.

We have so many cherry trees with exquisite blossoms in Seattle but I haven’t paid much attention to them until this year. I love them visually, but when they started to fall into the hot tub after a big rain and wind storm, I took notice! Those pink blossoms are beautiful but can make a mess in the hot tub if you don’t watch out.  Plant material of any kind decomposes in the hot water.  It can be hard to cope with as you try to keep your hot tub clean and sanitary. Fortunately, the weir door (the flap that regulates the flow of water into the top-loading filters) on our Hot Spring Spa creates a barrier. (We have a Hot Spring Prodigy-perfect for two. It doesn’t add much weight to our roof deck because of the built-in joists underneath the spa. It’s fewer pounds per square foot than a refrigerator).  With the jets on, all of the petals are pulled to the weir, but don’t flow over it and get into the filters. I can scoop them out with my hands. No big deal.

And, it makes me feel like I’m in Japan enjoying the blossoms under our neighbor’s cherry tree which leans out over our rooftop.  The swirling pink petals are a real delight as we soak in our hot tub and I don’t have to worry about the cleanliness of hot tub water!

RES EST SERVA VOLUPTAS. Pleasure is serious business.