The tiny building to the south of the house is a sauna. Some of you had questions about the sauna…here it is!
We use it quite often in the winter time.
We inherited the sauna, it belonged to Jen and Andy (Our youngest daughter) they were selling their home and the Realtor suggested they sell the sauna or move it. Andy and Jen built the sauna. So they moved it to our place. Lucky us! It has been in the yard since July of 2009.
The dressing room or pukuhuone. I am standing out by the wind chimes taking photos.
That is the door to the warm part. The sign says Saunass ollaan kuin kirkosa or Sauna be like a church…Jen made all the signs….she is creative that way.
The benches inside. The ladle or kippo hangs on the wall…you use the ladle to throw water on the rocks. The brick is attached to a rope on a pulley and the brick holds the door shut. You wouldn’t ever want to be stuck in a sauna.
There is a special sauna light and a thermometer…150 or 160 is a great temperature. Loylyhuone means the hot room or steam room.
The sauna furnace…the rocks get hot and you throw water on the rocks for more heat.
Chance usually waits outside the door.
If it is stormy then Chance likes to come into the dressing room and wait. The overhang is a delightful place to sit and watch it rain too!
Far Guy made the buckboard bench. We usually sit there neckid and cool off before going to the house. ( Remember we live in the boonies, if someone were to drive into our yard we have plenty of time to grab our going to the sauna clothing…Far Guy has a hooded floor length robe and I have an old nightgown.) In the winter when it is below zero it is a wonderfully short cool down time. Steam just rolls off of your body. The sauna has no running water so we carry water in buckets…just like in the olden days. I have been going to sauna forever…it used to be our Saturday night bath when I was a kid.
I used to collect wind chimes and the sauna is a perfect spot for some of them.