An­gela Prosser’s new life in Nor­mandy as a breeder of rare pigs couldn’t be fur­ther re­moved from her pre­vi­ous life as an ac­coun­tant in the avi­a­tion in­dus­try back in the UK. Cather­ine Cooper shares her story

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Find out why one ex­pat swapped her life as an ac­coun­tant to be a pig farmer in Nor­mandy

When An­gela Prosser’s hus­band David bought her a pig butch­ery course for Christ­mas, he had no idea that it would even­tu­ally lead to them mov­ing to France to run a pig farm. “At the time we were liv­ing in Leam­ing­ton Spa and I was work­ing as a self-em­ployed ac­coun­tant in the avi­a­tion in­dus­try,” says An­gela, now 46. “We’d al­ready bought a ruin of a farm­house in Percy, Nor­mandy back in 2008. Since then we’d been go­ing back­wards and for­wards on a reg­u­lar ba­sis, stay­ing in a static car­a­van on-site while we slowly ren­o­vated it. While it was ini­tially sim­ply meant to be for hol­i­days, the more of­ten we went, the more we loved it there and we found our­selves think­ing more and more about the pos­si­bil­ity of mak­ing a full-time move.”

The couple put their UK home on the mar­ket and, dur­ing an­other trip to Percy dur­ing Easter 2013, they de­cided that if it sold within a month, they’d make the move to France. The house was bought the very next day, and in July 2013, they moved out along with their sons Ja­cob, now 12 and Ruben, now eight. By then, the house was

Above: An­gela and David Prosser with their two sons, hold­ing a lit­ter of Berk­shire piglets

Ox­ford Sandy and Black piglets

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