About this Nightingale

‘Andalib’ means ‘nightingale’.

That’s where the title and inspiration for this blog comes from.

Recently, this little nightingale flew the coup and disappeared off the face of the earth for a few months.

I’m back now, slowly regaining myself from the silence of the past few months.

To those who followed me before and are still following me – thanks. Really. I mean it.

To those who are new – welcome. I hope you enjoy it.

To those who followed but aren’t anymore because of my absence – good luck with life. Hope it treats you kindly.



  1. nrhatch says:

    Welcome to the blogosphere!

    Sail on!

  2. Yay Andi!

    Daniel says can he have a photo so he can draw you! He’s started a Graphic Design and Multimedia course (he’s retraining) and has turned quite the artist – not that he thinks he is any good…


  3. Andalib means nightingale in what language? And, is it your given name? whatever, I love it! Have you ever heard the story of the nightingales at Bok Tower in Florida?

  4. andalibmarks says:

    Andalib is nightingale in Arabic and it isn’t my given name. My given name is Ingrid but no-one calls me by it.
    I’ll tell you the story of how that came to be.
    When I was 5, I met a sheik who said that I have the voice of a nightingale, an ‘andalib’. It was a huge deal for me and I decided right then and there that I wanted to be called Andalib after taht.
    My parents (being the wonderful pair that they are) agreed to this just to humor me but soon my brothers were also calling me Andalib and it has been that way for the past 21 years!
    And no, I don’t know that story of the nightingales at Bok Tower.
    Do tell.

    • OK – here it is, and it’s a true story. When the Bok tower was built, in Lake Wales, Florida, a flock of nightingales were brought over from Europe (perhaps the Netherlands?) to grace the gardens and grounds with their song. They did not survive for long, unfortunately. BUT – the native mockingbirds of the area started early on “mocking” the song of the nightingales, and soon they sang nothing else – plus they passed that song down to and through the generations to this day. And the mockingbirds at the tower all sing like nightingales!

      You can find out about the Bok Tower & Gardens at the following website:

      I don’t think this story is on that site, though. My husband told it to me as it was relayed to him at the Tower.

  5. andalibmarks says:

    So a little piece of the nightingales are still there today!
    I have a soft spot for nightingales, as I’m sure you can tell!


  6. MrBillyD says:

    About a year ago I was walking across a parking lot of a nearby shopping mall, when I heard a mocking bird, in some nearby shrubbery. The sound he was mocking was not that of a different bird species. It was the sound of a car’s alarm system.
    Did he think that some kind of mating call?

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