I like the colour brown. It's warm and gentle and inconspicuous. It's the colour of freckles. The colour of bark. Of coffee with milk. Of decomposed compost. Of the eyes of the one-year-old daughter of friends of ours, who looks at me with serious questions and interest. It's the colour of a lot of other things too, some of which are not discussion topics for good company. ;) Finally, it's the colour of my favourite cookies. Cookies that have molasses and brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger and cloves in them, all ingredients that are...brown.