My sweet granddaughter Helmi finished high school with great grades and got her white student cap. Now university either in Aberdeen or in Glasgow waits for this eager psychology student. Her graduation party was held at Siuntio, a rural community at less than hour's drive from Helsinki.
|Helmi's brother Hannes celebrated his 16th birthday and finished his primary school with excellent grades.|
High school now waits this handsome 190 cm tall young man!
Helmi's family had booked this pretty Fanjunkars Cottage that has great history. So I'll tell a bit about it. One of our most important Finnish writers, Aleksis Kivi (see more at the link!) lived here between 1864 - 1871. His landlady was Miss Charlotta Lönnqvist who offered home and creating peace for this poor writer. Those years at Fanjunkars were the most productive in Kivi's life. He wrote there also his great novel Seven Brothers.
|Helmi's cousins are pretty and sweet, like taken from Carl Larsson's paintings!|
After the war Fanjunkars Cottage remained in the area that had to be rented to Soviet Union. Sadly under those years the cottage got ruined, only the stone foundation was left. The idea to rebuild Fanjunkars lived for long and gladly finally in 2003 the construction could be started. Three years later this pretty culture house was ready. The local council of Siuntio meets sometimes there and the cottage can be rented for private purposes as well.
In the cottage there is a museum room showing portraits and the writing place of this great writer. Our happy graduate celebration was a sunny success in this beautiful cultural environment. The table was filled with all kinds of delicious stuff - thanks to my dear daughter-in-law!