Keep in mind, this is after I pruned and thinned - buckets of thinned peaches. Unfortunately I could not reach the tops of the trees and so they have started bending over. Whoops. A few days ago I had to do an emergency thinning during a rainstorm, when I thought the weight of the rain was going to be the straw that broke the peach tree's back. I just ran out and started pulling them off and throwing them on the ground. Next year I will have to be BRUTAL.
Last year we harvested all the peaches at once (eight full grocery bags), then tried to figure out what to do with them (we gave them away and froze them). This year we are going to harvest in batches, picking all the ripe ones on successive days and processing them - canning, jamming, freezing, drying. We may lose a few more that way to birds and buggies, but that's ok - we have more than enough. Whew! The thought of it exhausts me. But a proper Peak Oil Hausfrau needs to learn how to do these things - they may be necessary next year.