We decided yesterday that enough was enough, and we could no longer put off the necessary garden work.
Our poor uncomplaining postman was getting drenched, having to walk down our overgrown garden path and getting soaked by our numerous shrubs, so DH fired up the hedge cutter and we blitzed the shrubs back to a reasonable size.
Two hours later, we took the 9 rubbish sacks of prunings to the municipal dump (our council calls it a "civic amenity site", as though it is a theme park !!)
We can now walk freely down the path, even carrying shopping, with having to turn sideways to avoid the bushes :-)