Charroux

We visited Charroux with visiting family. The small hilltop village had been recommended to us. Certainly pretty but maybe better in the summer months, than the winter. The small village was quiet with the few other tourists rugged up. Charroux shield carved in stone Gatehouse in Charroux Church tower in Charroux Wall mounted sundial in Charroux Autumnal leaves. Hearts carved into window shutters. We will no doubt return in the future, when the weather is better. Read more →

Medieval Moulins

Moulins is the administrative centre of our region. The city is home to the Préfecture de l’Allier and thus a city we have had to visit a few times. It is a pretty city, with plenty of history on show. An easy place to take beautiful photographs. Moulins Cathedral Rooftops in Moulins Colourful enduit in Moulins Medieval street in Moulins Read more →

Creating the Signpost Application and Subscriptions

Miln Signpost is the strangest macOS application I have written. Strange because it provides something I find magical and because it seems unlikely to find a waiting audience. I explain what Signpost does on miln.eu/signpost but the short answer is: Signpost provides local domain names without a DNS server For many, probably most, this description is cryptic and too technical to be useful. Explaining what Signpost does is a problem I have not found a good solution to. Read more →

Change in Domain Registrars

I manage a handful of domain names. Regrettably I had to move them to a new domain registrar. My former registrar had succumbed to temptation and had begun messing around. A domain registrar is a company that manages the record of your domain names. Customers pay for annual renews of the domain. In return, the registrar is responsible for maintaining and pointing the domain record to a set of domain name servers. Read more →

Christmas at Home

This will be our first year celebrating Christmas in our new home. The transition from city to country continues to be the most dramatic lifestyle shift I have known. Happy Christmas. Our first Christmas tree. Snowflake cookie cutter Our traditional snowflake gingerbread biscuits Christmas decorations in Lyon's Part Dieu commercial centre Decorations illuminate a square in a French town. A street lamp with an illuminated Bonnes Fêtes decoration Read more →

VoIP with Asterisk on Synology via Docker

Having successfully banished our need for a physical phone from upstairs, everything changed. My Raspberry Pi is being repurposed for a family member and I now have a Synology DiskStation. Thus I needed to find a way to run Asterisk on my Network Array Storage (NAS) device. Asterisk provides Voice Over IP (VoIP) and it needs an always on computer to work. Previously my Raspberry Pi performed that role, now my DiskStation must take its place. Read more →

Snow and Warmth

For the first time in years, we watched snow falling while feeling warm. Snow in the valley. Allier, France. The snow arrived a few days ago. A welcome flurry of flakes just in time before our guests had to head home. When our guests arrived, Autumnal leaves were still on the trees; as they left, we drove through a stunning snow covered landscape. Inside looking out on snow. Being able to stand inside and look out across a snowy landscape is a treat. Read more →

Welcoming Our First Guests

We enjoyed having our first visitors to stay. It was an opportunity to see if the house design worked with guests, it did, and to take numerous photos, I did. Our house is not luxurious but it is warm and designed to make use of every square metre. We do not have a dedicated guest room. When guests come to stay, we transform what has become Megan’s office into the guest room. Read more →

Internet At Home Without a Phone Line

Our house move is nearly upon us and the telecom line has yet to be installed. Rather than panic, I set up a wireless network backed by a 4G mobile/cellular data connection. The resulting connection is enough to work with but I still look forward to having a physical line. The laws of physics mean a physical connection will always outpace a wireless one. Simple Approach By chance I had a spare TP-Link TL-MR3420 bought for family but later no longer required. Read more →