After I had toured the interior of the house at Hvitträsk, I took a walk around the property. Even though the grounds were dusted with a light snow, the land was surprisingly green. In the forests, the moss and evergreen trees were exquisitely lush, even in mid-November.
There are still many plants inside the Saarinen’s house and when Loja lived on the property, she maintained much of the grounds herself. The area in Kirkkonummi seemed restful but vibrant to me–a fertile setting for an artist community away from the distractions of the city.
Down on the beach, the Sauna (which is not the original structure) smelled heavily to me of smoke and fish. It reminded me immediately of similar smells at the Herring Festival in the Harbor I attended in October. The odor is very distinct and not altogether unpleasant. It’s one of the smells that has become familiar since living here in Finland.