This day in history and today's weather

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The weather forecast is for cloudy periods and a few showers with northeast breezes. 

It's a one-clothing layer day today with a high of 18 and an overnight low of 14 degrees. 

Low tide is at 10.50am and high tide is at 5.10pm. Sea temperature is 16 degrees. There's an average sea swell of about .5m and sunset tonight is at 7.45pm. 

If you're going fishing today the best fish bite time is between 9.30 and 11.30am. 

This day in NZ history in 1898 the Old-age Pensions Act became law. A world first, the Act gave a small means-tested pension to elderly people with few assets who were ‘of good moral character'. 

On this day in 1944 over 800 Polish refugees arrived in Wellington, seeking safety from war-torn Europe.

For the 732 children and 102 adults it was the end of a long and perilous journey. They had survived deportation to the Soviet Union, forced labour in Siberia and evacuation to the Middle East before reaching New Zealand. 

In world history on this day, in 79 the city of Pompeii was buried by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius.

In 1512 Michelangelo's painting on the Sistine Chapel ceiling was exhibited for the first time. In 1967 the first issue of Rolling Stone hit the streets.

In 1968 the Motion Picture Association of America officially introduced its rating system to indicate age-appropriateness of film content. 

As we head into summer there's more daylight to spend in the garden! Plant summer-loving crops for a continuous supply of delicious homegrown veges, pick and plant more berries, and plant vibrant flowers for a beautifully bright summer garden. 

Plant summer vege favourites including tomatoes, chillies, courgettes and sweetcorn. Keep planting lettuce, mesclun, radish and spring onions for summer salads.

Soak seedlings in plant tonic before planting to prevent transplant shock, and apply every 2-4 weeks to keep your garden thriving. Raised garden beds are a great option to pack lots of delicious crops in. 

It is all about berries with the first crops being harvested in the warmest areas. Keep planting for delicious summer snacking.

It's also time to prune and feed citrus after harvest - prune to open up the framework to allow more light in. 

A quote today from T.S Eliot who said "Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go." 

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Have a great day!


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