Kicking back on Midsummer Day with some quiet doodling and playing with a new app. Here is some Finnish vocabulary to help explain my doodle.
1. Vasta/vihta: leafy, fragrant boughs of silver birch used to gently beat oneself in the sauna
2. Kiuas: The wood stove sauna is the most common type of sauna outside of the city areas, where the electric sauna is more common. The metal stove with stones on top (kiuas) is heated with birch wood fire, and this heats the sauna room to the required temperature. If birch wood is not available any other wood will do, but well dried birch wood is preferred because of its good quality and smell, and long lasting burn. The important thing is to have a good löyly, that is when the stones are hot enough to evaporate the water thrown on them into steam that rises to the bathers. The bather in every type of sauna sits on a high bench near the ceiling where the hot steam reaches them quickly.
3. Juhannuskokko: Midsummer bonfire