This is a surprisingly easy and so fresh summer drink recipe. I got this from my cousin’s wife and since I made it first time in June it has been our family’s favorite. I’m going to freeze some leafs to be able to make this wintertime, too.
8 liters of black current leafs
8 liters of water
100 gr citric acid
500 gr sugar
Rinse leafs and put them into a big bucket. Cook water and pour on top of leafs. Add citric acid and stir until it is mixed properly. Let it stay in room temperature for about 24 hours. Add sugar and stir until it is mixed properly. Drain, bottle and refrigerate. Serve cold with ice.
I wish everyone beautiful August days
Last summer I had my first smoke sauna experience and I will never forget it. My friend invited me to her summer place with a beautiful dark smoke sauna. She had heated the sauna for several hours, almost the whole day, to get it ready for us. We arrived just in time to see how big logs you use for heating and how to get the smoke out of the sauna. Because that’s what you do before going in.
Inside the smoke sauna it is very dark and cozy, because you don’t have any big windows, only a very small window to get some light in. You can sense the existence of our ancestors and their life style: pure, simple and rough.
What I learnt is, never volunteer to be the first one to go to a smoke sauna. It is so hot. Even though the ladies went second, I was not able to sit on the sauna bench without a several times folded towel under my butt, and I had to dip in to the river every now and then to cool my skin.
But, after a while the heat became so smooth and gentle, and we spent several hours enjoying this very special way of sauna bathing.
Have a wonderful midsummer.
Laura & Kati
photo: Teija Soini, www.fotosoini.com
Finally the weather is getting warmer! In Finland it means a few things.
First, people are coming out of their houses. You can see neighbors you haven’t seen during the whole winter. Suddenly all people are outside gardening, running, walking and the weirdest of all, talking with each other.
Secondly, it’s not dark anymore. Days are getting longer every day and there is so much more time to do things. Visiting a friend at 9 pm is something you never do in the winter time, but now you can easily stop by.
One day last week I was on Facebook, and noticed that many of my friends has also stayed out long and enjoyed the warm weather. Those stunning sun set pictures brought the summer to my mind. I thought of warm and peaceful summer nights when the sun doesn’t go down, the mind and the body are relaxed after swimming and sauna and there is no hurry anywhere. Just watch these beautiful pictures and you can feel the same.
Photos: Kim, Maippi, Marjukka, Meri, Pia & Suvi
This fall has been incredibly rainy in Finland. Seriously, it has rained almost every day! On a day like this it’s comforting to browse old summer pictures and think back about sunny and warm days.
There is one summer memory which especially makes me smile. In August I had a change to visit Saunasaari (Sauna Island) in Helsinki with my old colleagues.
This small island has different kind of saunas and an amazing view to the coast of Helsinki. You can actually see the Helsinki Cathedral from the beach.
We spent one whole day there and relaxed in different kind of saunas: traditional Finnish saunas, smoke saunas and wood-heated hot tubs.
This sauna lover’s paradise has already existed for over 10 years and it’s a dream come true for its founder, sauna-master Rainer Hanhilahti. He wanted to create an inspiring environment to calm down and to experience nature and traditional sauna culture.
Today Saunasaari is a unique and popular excursion place for companies and groups: Saunasaari
It takes 15 min by boat to get to Saunasaari
Saunasaari is a peaceful and green island
Traditional Finnish sauna in Saunasaari
Sauna-master Rainer Hanhilahti
Amazing view of Helsinki coast
Everything is ready for sauna lovers
Author and photo: Laura
Even though I have lived in the US, I have spent all my summers in Finland. I have enjoyed sunny days in the countryside, relaxed with family and friends, and of course visited a real Finnish sauna. And after those lazy summer days, I have packed my bags and headed back home to the US.
This summer was different. Both Kati’s and my families moved to Finland for good. It has been a sad and exciting time at the same time. We both already miss deeply our American life and friends, but at the same time we are looking forward to all new opportunities ahead of us in Finland.
Despite all these changes in our personal lives, we are going to keep our Saunaflow blog going and write about those small and simple things that make us feel good in our everyday life. We hope you still hang with us and give us precious ideas to post.
Author and photo: Laura