Just to clarify; this family of four did not eat 20 pounds of cherries in two days, as my mum suggested might have happened.
Oh no, not at all.
Aside from those that were shared with friends, we now have a freezer full of cherry jam, cherry orange marmalade, spiced cherry pie filling, Danish style cherries in syrup and bags and bags and bags of frozen cherries for winter smoothies, pies, crisps, crumbles and, most especially, for morning oatmeal. I know I have said this before but the reason I freeze rather than can everything is because I use a ot less sugar than the recipe calls for and I don't know how well they would keep. The cherry jam recipe called for 4 cups of cherries and 5 cups of sugar. 5! I used 1. For the marmalade I used a little more but still about half what they called for. If anyone has any useful tips about how to preserve with less sugar and not freezing I would love to hear them. Until then we will have a well stocked freezer full of summer fruits which is no bad thing, I suppose.