Posted: 27/05/2016 at 23:51
I understanding it might look daunting at first R25 but I would agree with Ladybird4 about the fantastic potential you have with that space there. I think the first thing is to feel OK that nature has taken over - it is clearly happy there - and trust that the land wont suffer from a bit more 'neglect' while you take time to investigate what is needed.
You know, that grass in picture 2 looks really healthy to me. I would probably just cut it using a power mower on the highest setting (to avoid breaking blades on hdden stones, half bricks etc) you can then have a better look at what else might be growing there.
In picture 1 I suspect you might find one or two old pathways in the process. If so, clearing those (or later making a new one linking the house to that little gate at the back) would start to give some definition to the garden's landscaping.
Lowering the height of the grass gradually would enable you to see whether there are any good plants struggling to come through. When we moved in to our house the flower beds, although predefined by the over grown lawn, were a mass of knee high grass and waist high other foliage of indeterminate identity. During the ensuing gradual weeding investigation my wife found a rose bush and a Bramley Apple tree - half fallen over. She propped it up and it is now a beautifully mature tree - reliable fruiter - albeit set at a rather picturesque, slightly oriental looking angle.
In brief, you might find you start to relish the discoveries you may make in the process of tackling this lovely garden. Just do a section at a time starting with cutting the grass gradually lower and lower and I think the garden will start telling you what to do at each stage.