Gardner – Day 14

Blue skies, sunshine and no snow today!  This great view of the Rocky Mountains is taken looking out from Little Sis’s house.

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The plan for the day was to head out to Gardner where they have a Farmer’s Market and lots of little stores all on the site of an old flour mill.  We stopped en route for a great coffee at Beans & Brews, a Utah coffee shop. Certainly the best cappuccino Mrs L has had in a while!

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Coffee supped we then continued onto Gardner.  The whole place was themed for Halloween, done amazingly well as really only the Americans can.  Lots of witches – living as well as stuffed; pumpkins large and small too.

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We wandered round all the fancy shops and stalls and bought Little Miss Z a Ty Beanie Boo bee called ‘Sting’ to remember Mr and Mrs L by.  She seems to like him!  We had lunch in the old Gardner Mill building which has been converted into a restaurant – it was very busy so we had a long wait but the fried green tomatoes I had for my lunch were definitely worth waiting for.

The Gardner Mill was built in 1877 by a chap called Archibald Gardner (hence the name!) and was a replacement for his earlier 1853 flour mill.  The mill is one of Utah’s oldest remaining flour mills and is a record of pioneer industry in an otherwise agrarian economy.  Most communities are recorded as having a mill and the Gardner Mill functioned as a flour mill for nearly 100 years.  Archibald Gardner was a Mormon convert from Scotland who became a prominent figure in the Salt Lake Valley as an early settler, civic and religious leader, and a builder of canals, bridges and mills.

Lunch done, Little Sis then took us on a hunt for the replica of the multi-coloured house from the Disney movie, ‘Up’, which has been built in the Salt Lake City suburb of Herriman…………

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……….but we couldn’t find it…….Little Sis has been there before and seen it but those navigation skills of hers were not available today!!

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