Taking the meadow home

20th September 2018#family-stories#usk-castle-chase
Taking the meadow home

​When we received an image of a very special painting of Usk natural burial meadow from one of the families that visited the meadow we wanted to share this with others. This beautiful painting of the meadow by Louise Kelly not only captures the essence of Lower Meadow but also has a very special meaning behind it that we wanted to share with you.

Louise Kelly contacted us recently to start making arrangements for her mother’s ashes to be interred at Usk Castle Chase.

“My mum was born in the Ponthir House in Monmouthshire in 1926, she was then Audrey Harris,” Louise told us. “Her grandfather and grandmother ran the pub. He was also the local coal merchant. Mum was one of nine children of whom only one remains. They all stayed in Newport except my mum, who moved to London in her twenties and lived there for the rest of her life.”

Louise came to look at the Lower Meadow as a final resting place for her mother. While she was there she did a drawing and then a painting when she returned home to London.

As I also live in London, I just wanted the meadow in my own home, I am hoping to bring my mum to the meadow in January 2019.

We are grateful to her for letting us share the image on our website for others to appreciate. For me, it certainly captures the essence of Lower Meadow in the winter mists. I love it and hope you do too.