My Great Grandfather had a home on the Halifax River in Ormond Beach, Florida where he lived winters. He was a Scottish merchant and other Scottish merchants had homes near him. They called themselves “the Scottish Syndicate.” The home was called Rowallan after a castle in his native Ayrshire.
Above is my Great Grandmother’s table at Rowallan (ca 1915). The centerpiece appears to be flowers and fruits. These round tables are making a comeback now but with one difference: they are constructed so that you can add leaves around the outside to expand them if you wish. Otherwise, they might be ungainly in today’s interiors.
There was a small orange grove on the property. When the house was sold, the appraiser, in trying to devalue the place for tax purposes said: “it must have cost one dollar per orange to produce fruit in that grove.” In other words, it wasn’t set up for economies of scale!
You could eat fruit al fresco in the grove as my cousins did here:
Or you could eat it at table using a citrus spoon with enameled orange blossoms. This is a spoon actually used at Roallan. It was the gift of a cousin in the family pictured above. She was the youngest and is not pictured.
We know for certain that wild turkey was on the menu at the house. Here is a picture of my young father (ca 1925) with one that had just been shot. We must remember that Florida in those days was not developed to the extent it is today and so wild turkeys were not far away.
We are fortuate to have these pictures and some artifacts from those days almost a century ago. There were seven children in the family and so a spoon is a treasure!
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