I had been hearing stories about this place for so many years, from sisters Annie and Lisa Tune. This was the place in Alabama, near Decatur, where they had spent magical time growing up. They lived nearby, in Priceville, and their Dad, Leon, a surgeon, had bought the farm in the 60s, The Tune kids loved it. Their grownup lives had now taken them elsewhere, for the most part, but they’d each left chunks of their hearts there, in the swings or the porch chairs or the huge basement that stayed cool all summer.
The farmhouse, a craftsman, was built in 1919, and time hasn’t been gentle to it, but it’s still lovely and strong and has great bones.
In the last few years, Annie made Tune Farm the first certified organic farm in Alabama, and has worked hard to make it productive, turning out gorgeous little potatoes and other veggie delicacies for CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) and restaurant customers. The house is surrounded by several barns, ponds full of crawfish, turtles and other critters, and something like 250 acres of pristine Alabama wetlands, fields and woods.
I opened up the car door, took one look, and was a goner. Smitten. When I called Kelly to ask some landscape designer questions, she knew: “You’re really in love, aren’t you ma?” Yes, I am.
It’s gonna take a few small miracles and maybe a big one or two, but Annie, Lisa and I are all completely on fire to do what needs to be done to turn Tune Farm into a place where folks can spend a dreamy weekend or weeklong retreat, learning how to paint or perfect their fly casting or work on yoga postures or write a first chapter or just have fabulous, uninterrupted time with friends or family.
So now, when I say “stay tuned,” it has a whole new meaning!
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