Patrick had planned to work on the tile Saturday, but he got trapped on another job with an inspector, which actually turned out to be a good thing for us because we called a dealer about selling our huge old store cupboard (so we wouldn't have to move it back), and she came today and bought it and the two theatre seats that flanked it.
Anyway, Patrick came bright and early today and grouted the set tiles and set new ones, and we moved a lot of furniture. He's almost finished with one side of the Great Hall, and we could move some furniture back to the other side. Pant, pant.
After he left, the dealer came back with a man to help me move the cupboard into the van, and we did it! It wasn't as hard as I feared, and we didn't drop it. (Dragging the two pieces--top and bottom--on old quilts helped. The dragging and bumping down the front steps wreaked havoc with the quilts though. We'd taken the heavy drawers out earlier.)
Patrick will be happy about that, I think, and the fact that we cleared the rest of the furniture out of the next stretch. I can only hope we find everything we moved and find a place for everything that was stored in the big cupboard--books, sculptures, photo albums, Christmas lights and decorations, and a lot more!
AND I got a start on arranging the furniture that will sit where the cupboard and theatre seats were. Hmm. Well, I'll have to do a little more rearranging.