Linda (left) and Margaret will have been pen pals for 50 years in October. Margaret has been here over 10 times and this is Linda’s 2nd trip and Katie’s 1st trip to New Zealand.
From left, Linda, Katie and Margaret stand by the Aukland Sky Tower.
This view of a New Zealand lake reminded Linda of the Swiss Alps and The Sound of Music.
This is a panorama of the Blenheim Winery Brancott Estate. Linda found this vineyard’s wine at Vino in the Valley near Maiden Rock on a recent visit there.
Linda and Katie are pictured with Margaret’s sister Rosie (center) and her husband John (left) and his Model T. At right is Margaret’s brother, Paul.
Another scene near Queenstown.
They found this church while there: The Catholic Church of the Immaculate Conception. Linda grew up just a few miles from the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church west of Kellogg.
Linda and Katie near Queenstown.
Mountains and a lake near Queenstown.

Pen Pals Forever

by Michael Smith
They’ve been Pen Pals for nearly 50 years. And it’s been 38 years since they last got together in New Zealand.

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