The Graves and Parknasilla
While the Blands were anything but bland, despite Nathaniel’s best efforts, the Graves, who took a lease on Parknasilla House, were typical of many Irish father/son relationships. Robert graves wrote an autobiography ‘Good Bye to All That’ in 1929. His father, Alfred Perceval Graves duly replied with an autobiography entitled ‘To Return To All That’ in 1930. Thankfully Alfred Perceval’s father, Bishop Charles Graves was dead at this juncture, what he would have thought of his son and grandson washing their linen – whether clean or dirty – in public is anybody’s guess.