"Soon we had been on Floreana three months. We lived simply, worked hard and were content. We were making good progress with our new home - our log cabin, twenty-two feet by twelve, to be built with our own hands.”

"Our house was ready at last, the essentials at least: the kitchen and my bedroom. And the two rooms were under a roof thatched with sugar-cane. In comparison with the cave this was a palace. We built low foundations from stone - the lava stones which lay around in great quantities. Strong tree-trunks were rammed into the ground at the four corners, and the walls between were also made of logs."