In small sauce pan add the 1 1/2 cups of water and wild rice. bring to a boil and reduce the heat and cook covered about 35=40 min. till done. Do not drain off liquid if there is any left. In large sauce pan or dutch oven saute the onion, and garlic in the butter till tender crisp. add flour and cook 1 min. stirring constantly. gradually add the 4cups of stock. Add potatoes, carrots, thyme, nutmeg, pepper and bay leaf. Bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 20-30 minutes until slightly thickened. Add corn, cover and simmer another 15 min. or till all veggies are tender. Add ham and rice and half and half and heat till completely heated. Do not boil once you have added the cream. Remove bay leaf.At this point taste for seasoning (salt or pepper) The ham has usually got a lot of salt in it so it is not in the ingredients but if needed can be added now if desired. may add parsley for garnish if you like.