I made extensive notes on the laundrette in order to properly describe the one my character Alan frequents during his stay in Dorset. What I hadn’t realised was how the story would spiral from being set largely in the laundrette to having scenes set on the stretch of coast at Highcliffe and Barton, where I stayed. I had no notes to help me with this. Good thing Google found me lots of photographic stimulus and some excellent satellite images via multimap, all of which helped kick-start my memory. I finished the draft last Sunday and have shelved it for a week or two.
Cooling off periods are a necessity before redrafting can begin.