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Easter Weekend


Did you have a fun Easter – I did! The weather has been amazing this past week so I took the opportunity to explore a bit. I’m so glad I moved to Helensburgh – you can walk in any direction and find something interesting, and the streets are so quiet. The blossom is out everywhere so I had a wander around some of the streets near me.

Had a look around the park too - so many flowers. IMG_3616

I also had a look at Hermitage Park, which is a lot bigger than I thought – I definitely need to go back sometime. I made friends with this fluffy cat too. He looks quite grumpy there but he was really friendly.

Climbed up the hill to have a look at Hill House today - will have to go inside sometime.

On Sunday, I saw there was a kids Easter egg hunt up at Hill House, so that seemed like a good opportunity to have a look around the gardens. It’s a bit of a climb (the clue is in the name) but you get some great views on the way. I also passed the other train station that has trains to Oban and Fort William – it’s so tiny and surrounded by trees. Must go somewhere on it this Summer.

I liked this tiny tower! hill house

Hill House itself looked amazing against the blue skies. It was designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh and I will be back sometime to tour the inside when it’s a bit quieter. I had a walk around the gardens though.

Today I made chocolate banana cake from Smitten Kitchen - so good!

 I also gave in and made that chocolate banana cake from Smitten Kitchen. I overcooked it a tiny bit because I used a brownie pan and I have a fan oven but it was still amazing – a bit like a brownie but you can taste the banana too.


Wondering where my Day in the Life post is? Well, I did it as Mayor mar-c, my Animal Crossing character! It was Bunny Day so there was lots of fun stuff going on. You can read all about it at Quincy & Usagi – my sister’s doing one too for her town.

I’m back to work today, but don’t forget there’s 10% off everything in my shop until midnight with the code EASTERBUNNY. I’ve also updated Saturday’s post with offers from DENY Designs and Society6 so check that out if you feel like shopping!


Hello! I’m Marceline Smith, the designer and owner of Asking For Trouble. I create illustrated stationery, accessories and gifts using my cute characters inspired by Japanese kawaii. This is my business and personal blog where I write about my creative doings, inspirations, travels, Japan trips and daily life. Read more »

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