Bearton Abbey is the home of siblings, Steerforth and Georgiana Beartram. Share in their daily escapades along with cousins, Burl and Pearl Cavedish of Cavedweller Hall, and friends who have yet to be revealed. Hobbs the butler always has something interesting to add making Barton a welcome and happy place indeed.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

What Lurks in Yonder Shadows-part deux

Hobbs cried out in fear, tumbling to the floor.

 "Dear Hobbs, what on earth has you so jumpy?"

"It's me Harley. Do you not recognize your own brother?"

"Take my paw and let me help you to your feet."

Still speechless, Hobbs glared at his brother who continued rambling,
"Aside from an apparent case of the jitters, you are looking well, ole bother of mine!

"Harley! What are you doing here?"

"Well that's some 'how do you do.' I haven't seen you in two years and already you are giving me grief. I knew I should've gone to visit mum."

"Why didn't you?"


"Never mind, I do not care to know about your latest disaster. Leave now before the Bearton's  return from the ball."

"Seriously? I just arrived. I thought you would want to spend some quality family time together and show me around this fancy place of yours."

"Hmph. Family time my tail. You, no doubt, are in need of money. How much have you squandered away this time?"

"Hobbs, it hurts me to hear you say such a thing. Can't a bear pay a visit to his favorite brother?"

"I'm your only brother. Now, tell me what you've done."

"It's not all that bad. Where do I begin? It was a cold and rainy night and I had been hitting the honey pretty hard. I really didn't mean any harm, but..."

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Episode I, Season II What Lurks in Yonder Shadows...

"Well girls, the hour is late and we must hippity-hoppity home."

In unison the two grumbled, "But auntie, the night is still young..."

"I'll hear no more about it. We have standards, if nothing else, and I will not risk our good reputation by remaining too long at any gathering. Now hop along!"

Zell lingered a moment more glancing at Burl as he and sister, Pearl, prepared to leave.
"If only he would take notice of me." she thought sorrowfully to herself.

On the other side of the ballroom...

"Burl, it is time to go home. Are you ready?"

Mesmerized Burl spoke longingly, "Oh Pearl, have you noticed how particularly lovely Victoria is tonight? Her fur is as silver as the moon."

"Burl! Snap out of it! Stop this nonsensical babbling and fetch the carriage, please!"

"Perhaps you are correct Pearl. Maybe I should set my sights on someone more attainable, like one of the Rabbit sisters."

The shocked expression on Pearl's furry face told him all he needed to know, without a sound being uttered.


Meanwhile, back at the mansion...

A noise outside of the kitchen caught Hobbs' attention.

Peering out the window, moon shadows glimmered across the rose gardens as the bushes shuddered in the stillness of the night.
"That's odd," Hobbs thought to himself.

Looking closer at an odd movement on the far side of the gardens, Hobbs was startled when something reached out and tapped his back.

Unnerved, he toppled over.

But before he could regain his composure...

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Season 2 is around the corner!

Well it's that time of year for the season premier!
Remember poor love struck Burl?

And his snippy sister Pearl?

Let's not forget the lovely Victoria.

Of course, Steerforth always steals the show.

 Will Georginana ever marry the handsome Dr. Beartholomew?

 Who will be the subject of Mrs. Ester Bunny's next cabbage patch gossip session?

So many questions and so many cast members.

Granted, the biggest questions are what has caught Hobbs' attention and what is the identity of the mysterious figure in the Bearton Abbey gardens...

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Episode XII-The Ball Continues...

"My dear Steerforth, Georgiana's gown is stunning. Wherever did she find it?"

"Actually, it is one of Carlotta's creations. She truly outdid herself with this one."

As the music began to play Burl approached Victoria to ask for a dance, despite her obvious attention towards Steerforth.

"Mis Victoria, if I might be so bold as to ask..."

But before he could pose the question Pearl arrived and interrupted.

"Burl! I believe one of the Bunny sisters would like to speak to you about something of great importance. Why don't you stroll over there and see what it is all about."

Disappointed, he made his way across the room to speak with Clara and Zell.

The discontented mohair expression on Pearl's muzzle spoke volumes.

"Victoria, I do not understand your need to lead my poor brother into a sense of false hope regarding a relationship. It is more than obvious that you are merely playing with his affections in an effort to get closer to my cousin Steerforth. I must insist that you stop this behavior immediately!"

"Miss Pearl, I am quite sure I do not know of what you are speaking."

"Oh yes you do you little..."

Steerforth suddenly appeared and readily escorted Pearl from the situation.

"Cousin Pearl, why on earth are you bearating poor Victoria?"

"Poor Victoria? She has never known a poor day in her life. She is spoiled beyond contempt, she is using my brother to get closer to you and your fortune. As if she hasn't enough money already."

"Pearl, be fair. Victoria is a very kind young bear."

Pearl moved closer getting nose to nose with her cousin. Through gritted fangs she spoke firmly,
"Open your button eyes cousin! You are being played as a fool, I assure you! All young wealthy female bears behave in this manner."

"But Pearl, you have been born into wealth and you are also a young bear."

Fumbling for an appropriate response Victoria once again approached Steerforth.

"Forgive my interruption Steerforth, but it looks as though all of the rumors about your sister may be true."

They looked across the room along with all the others as Georgiana strolled towards Dr. Beartholomew. All eyes were averted to the beary special couple.

"Good evening professor." she said sweetly with a curtsey.

Bowing to her curtsey, "Miss Bearton, you are looking lovely this evening. Won't you please sit with me for a while?""

The band played on but no one dared to dance as they watched to see what would happen next. The two bears chattered on, laughing and smiling all the while.

Looking up they realized every eye was upon them.

"Hmph. It appears that none of my guests are dancing to this wonderful music."

"It does seem to be the case, professor."

"Perhaps we should set the example. Would you care to join me for a waltz?

"I would be delighted."
Paw in paw they headed out onto the dance floor.

All eyes watched them glide onto the dance floor. Steerforth smiled, his heart warming at the sight of his sister's joy.

It was at that moment he caught a glimpse of Victoria's silvery gray fur sparkling in the candlelight. It was as if cupid was casting a spell upon him as Steerforth looked upon her in a whole new light.

Victoria returned his glance with a slight smile.
Steerforth escorted Victoria onto the dance floor.

Pearl and Burl watched as the bears and hares paired off and began to waltz.
Poor Burl's heart was broken.

Mrs. Ester Bunny, in all of her meddling wisdom, whispered to Burl.
"No need to fret Burl. I happen to know a very lovely little rabbit that would be more than happy to join you on the dance floor."

Across the room Clara and Zell, grinning like cheshire cats, waved at Burl.

Burl's stuffing turned and his mohair went pale.
"Oh dear," he thought, "What will Pearl think of this?"


As the drama continued at the ball, Hobbs was busy at Bearton Abbey when a noise outside caught his attention...