As winter draws to an end and after the awful fires in the Tarkine and floods in Northern Tasmania earlier in the year, the blossoms and bulbs heralding Spring are a welcome sight.
And great news - Stanley last week won the Keep Australia Beautiful Tasmanian Tidy Town 2016.
The Tidy Town Award acknowledged the town's significant cultural and heritage legacy, including beautifully preserved colonial buildings.
"The historic village of Stanley is a melting pot of history, architecture and culture, with many historic properties now restored to operate as cafes, shops and accommodation" KAB wards judge Lesley Gardner said.
In the winter, many of us take the opportunity to undertake work on our accommodation, restaurants and cafes, and at the Stanley Hotel and Village accommodation we have have sprung into action. Rooms, cottages and apartments have been refurbished, the Stanley Hotel Bistro has had new carpet and chairs and we are currently renovating the old "craypot" shop in the main street with a heritage frontage.
Highfield Historic Site is never prettier than in Spring and the Table Cape Tulip Festival on the 8th of October makes it a perfect time to visit the Stanley and the north west.